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Day 1110: Earth Not Ripped Apart By Black Hole, Film At 11 [Updated]

Damn, remind me to fire my bookie.

See, nothing happened to us after the Large Hadron Collider experiment.  Now look at these pretty pictures and then read NolaDishu’s important post (someone also tell him he can come out of hiding now).  I have read and second Adam Savage’s insightful analysis of and solutions for the state of modern American science-technology education.  “Pitiful” is one word that comes to mind, especially when we deny that curiosity, tinkering and questioning form our only salvation as a competitive nation.  Step 1 towards success involves acknowledgment of a world outside the United States.  In retrospect, that entire issue of Popular Mechanics was really very good.  Go read it, too.

Update: The Hadron Collider Controversy.  You know what I lament?  That Europe has a functioning, endowed center for nuclear research and we don’t.  The chances of the collective human brain atrophying from Stupid are a million times greater than the world coming to an end because of a particle accelerator.  Why do we live in constant fear of ourselves?  Do we have to be afraid of everything from “lipstick on a caribou” to the eensy-weensiest chance of world dissolution due to science experiments that stand to offer us a wealth of knowledge?  Ponder this: The dinosaurs didn’t know the asteroid was coming.

4 comments… add one
  • Blair Tyson September 10, 2008, 2:54 PM

    According to the “Beeb” the first collision hasn’t taken place. Just testing particles in either direction singly. Watch out for the tiny black spo.t

  • Clay September 10, 2008, 3:33 PM

    Sorry for misspelling the title. Sometimes I wish I had an editor. I’ll take care of that in a few.

    Come out of hiding? What’s that about?

  • Maitri September 10, 2008, 4:35 PM

    It was just a joke that the world hasn’t dissolved yet due to the experiments, so you can stop hiding from the black holes now. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we’re sitting here at the computer typing and suddenly ceased to exist?

  • celcus September 11, 2008, 8:28 AM

    Then there is what could have been…a Texas sized supercollider.

    http://www.kvue.com/news/state/stories/091108kvuesc-eh.663c729e.html

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