The Large Hadron Collider Will Gobble Up The Earth (Or Maybe Just France)Kevin Kelly4/14/08 6:00pmFiled to: triviagasmbig bangCERNHawaiilhclarge hadron colliderAwesomecollidercollisionexperiementhugeMagnetsprotonsScienceTheory64EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Large Hadron Collider at the CERN research facility near Geneva, Switzerland won't be going on a luau in Hawaii anytime soon, since the state is suing to stop the activation of the enormous research project. Yes, it's not just individual wackos who believe the LHC will unleash a cosmic ass-whooping on the planet. An actual state is suing the builders to keep them from activating it. They fear it'll let loose runaway miniature black holes, strangelets, or magnetic monopoles that will destroy the planet. The researchers at CERN have spent their precious time trying to assure people that won't happen, although it would be kind of cool if it did. We've got the strange and winding history of this project in today's Triviagasm.