So in Geneva today a bunch of scientists get to press the big red button of doom and start up the large hadron collider. Will it be the end of the world as we know it?

Large Hadron Collider: Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios. You’ve heard it repeated over and over that the Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, most expensive scientific instrument in history and that it’s going to change our fundamental understanding of the universe. Well, great, but what does that mean?We break down how five major physics theories — and the theorists who’ve spent their lives developing them — may be impacted by the discoveries that could emanate from the LHC. We also provide answers to all your LHC FAQ in 140 characters or less, so you can send them to your friends on Twitter.
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The Large Hadron Collider Will Not Destroy the World Tomorrow, or Ever. How to answer your kids questions. If you’ve raised your kids in the proper GeekDad fashion, they’ll have read a lot of science fiction by the time they hit high school. And sci-fi is, of course, full of stories about scientists with good intentions going too far and causing horrible consequences. So it’s entirely understandable if your kids are a bit concerned about what’s going on on the border between Switzerland and France. — Geekdad

Scientists get death threats over Large Hadron Collider. Really people, enough is enough. Death threats? Seriously? According to a fresh report from the Telegraph, gurus working on the mysterious Large Hadron Collider are receiving all sorts of strange messages, e-mails and faxes as the go-live date (this Wednesday, supposedly) draws ever closer. Engadget

Top 10 uses for a large hadron collider. You see, snowflakes, the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC as I like to call it, is not going to blow up. No, like most great scientific experiments of its time, I predict the following events will occur: Some scientist will flip a switch. There will be “ooohs” and “ahhhhs” for a brief period of time. Smoke will rise up and come out of the machine. Another scientist will scratch his head and mumble something like, “oh, that wasn’t in my spec. I thought you were doing that…” — Carol’s Little World

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