Scientists beaming after test of big atom smasher – Yahoo! News

Posted: September 10, 2008 in Scifi
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Scientists beaming after test of big atom smasher – Yahoo! News.

While I had fun today being a librarian from an alternate universe with my goatee due to today’s expirement, I found out this evening of an Indian girl committed suicide due to the same events. Read below:

 

In India, fears about the experiment spread rapidly through the media

updated 12:03 p.m. ET, Wed., Sept. 10, 2008

BHOPAL, India – A teenage girl in central India killed herself on Wednesday after being traumatized by media reports that a “Big Bang” experiment in Europe could bring about the end of the world, her father said.

The 16-year old girl from the state of Madhya Pradesh drank pesticide and was rushed to the hospital but later died, police said.

Her father, identified on local television as Biharilal, said that his daughter, Chayya, killed herself after watching doomsday predictions made on Indian news programs.

“In the past two days, Chayya had asked me and other relatives about the world coming to an end on September 10,” Biharilal was quoted as saying.

“We tried to divert her attention and told her she should not worry about such things, but to no avail,” he said.

For the past two days, many Indian news channels held discussions airing doomsday predictions over a huge particle-smashing machine buried under the Swiss-French border.

The machine, called the Large Hadron Collider, was switched on on Wednesday, at the start of what experts say is the largest scientific experiment in human history.

The machine smashes particles together to achieve, on a small-scale, re-enactments of the “Big Bang” that created the universe.

Leading scientists and researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said the experiment was safe. They dismissed as “pure fiction” doomsday predictions that the experiment could create anti-matter, or black holes.

But in deeply religious and superstitious India, fears about the experiment and the minor risks associated with it spread rapidly through the media.

In east India, thousands of people rushed to temples to pray and fast while others savored their favorite foods in anticipation of the world’s end.

“There were a thousand more devotees yesterday as well as today compared to (any) other normal day,” Benudhara Sahu, a temple official in Orissa state, told Reuters.

Many women and children rushed to temples and observed fasts as they prayed for deliverance, officials and witnesses said.

Assurances by scientists and the media that nothing would happen counted for nothing for housewife Rukmini Moharana.

“I visited temple, prayed to god,” Moharana said. “I am observing the fast for safety because god can only save us.”

Copyright 2008 Reuters. 

While I am ever curious about science and pushing new frontiers,  I hope that with this expirement we can better learn universe we live in without destroying ourselves in the process.
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Comments
  1. Ben Robinson says:

    If the Hadron collider cannot creat life as the “theorized big bang” did, I submit that this substancuates that we were indeed created by God as the Bible documents.

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  2. monster7of9 says:

    If life did spring from the re-create “big bang” are you expecting immediate results? If life on this planet took this long to reach this point, are you prepared to wait that long?
    Also, who was there to document our beginning from God?
    I don’t want to mock or ridicule both sides of the issues but the bible is not the ultimate document. As for the science, this “big bang” test will not answer all questions about our universe. I am concern of the unknown effects the project will result. I do believe there is a guiding force that shapes all our lives and no amount of science can explain this.

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