Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More - New York Times

Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More - New York Times

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Advertise on NYTimes.com Science All NYT Science WORLD U.S. N.Y. / REGION BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE HEALTH SPORTS OPINION ARTS STYLE TRAVEL JOBS REAL ESTATE AUTOS ENVIRONMENT SPACE & COSMOS Related Times Topics: CERN Asking a Judge to Save the World, and Maybe a Whole Lot More Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times Part of a detector to study results of proton collisions by a particle accelerator that a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii seeks to stop. By DENNIS OVERBYE Published: March 29, 2008 More fighting in Iraq. Somalia in chaos. People in this country can’t afford their mortgages and in some places now they can’t even afford rice. None of this nor the rest of the grimness on the front page today will matter a bit, though, if two men pursuing a lawsuit in federal court in Hawaii turn out to be right. They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole or something else that will spell the end of the Earth — and maybe the universe. Scientists say that is very unlikely — though they have done some checking just to make sure. The world’s physicists have spent 14 years and $8 billion building the Large Hadron Collider, in which the colliding protons will recreate energies and conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. Researchers will sift the debris from these primordial recreations for clues to the nature of mass and new forces and symmetries of nature. But Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho contend that scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have played down the chances that the collider could Go to Complete List » More Articles in Science » Today's Headlines Daily E-Mail MOST POPULAR Pursuing iPhone Thief, Officer Knew Right Buttons to Push 1. Op-Ed Contributor: Banks Taketh, but Don’t Giveth 2. Timothy Egan: Deconstructing a Demagogue 3.
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