Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

— Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law

Scientists receive death threats over Large Hadron Collider

Monday, 8 September 2008


The scientists behind the world's biggest ever experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, have received death threats.

Experts are attempting to recreate the forces which occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang.

The $10bn machine at CERN near Geneva will be switched on this Wednesday.

But sceptics fear it could cause the end of the world.

Professor Brian Cox of Manchester University has responded angrily to doomsayers who have predicted an Armageddon.

"Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a t***," he said.

Professor Cox added: "There's a kind of magic energy we've not been able to get to, and we know from previous experiments that's where things happen. Now for the fir