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Looking at the funny side of black holes

Posted on the August 23rd, 2008

For a comedic take on some people’s fears about the proton-smashing Hadron Collider project, you can read Gail Collins column today in the New York Times (“Digging Ourselves a Black Hole” Aug 23, 2008).

Specifically some fear that (gulp!) the Collider will create a black hole that will devour the planet, rather than boost the research of particle physics, as its creators predict, according to Collins. So, she writes, she talked to a Brown University physicist, Greg Landsberg, who pooh poohs such fears.

Read the full column here.

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