Thought for the month
“The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Huxley, Scientist (1825-95).
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Humanity is saved
Readers will be immensely relieved to learn (www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/27/wagner_appeal_fail/) that one Hawaiian resident (Mr Walter Wagner) has failed in his latest (final?) bid to prevent CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) from operating. Whilst not commenting directly on the technical argument (the earth falls into a LHC generated black hole) the justices wrote that speculative fear of future harm does not constitute an injury in fact sufficient to confer standing and the alleged injury, destruction of the earth, is in no way attributable to the US government’s failure to draft an environmental impact statement. Meanwhile the LHC continues to perform (cms.web.cern.ch/cms/News/2010/QCD-10-002/QCD-10-002.pdf).