Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

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).

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