Wow

September 11, 2008

I don’t want to bang on about Obama … but I just read this on Phil Plait’s blog.

I’ll say it again WOW!

To summarise Phil’s Summary, six individuals concerned about the state of science and science education in the US created a group called Science Debate 2008, and they called for a presidential debate on science. So far Obama has replied (for the full reply link), McCain claims he will, but has yet to do so.

It is very detailed and very interesting reading, but the long and the short of it seems to be that unlike Bush, he has either actually read the science (or at least employed someone to tell him about it) and is keen to allow science to continue without political interference.

Pinning his colours to the mast in such a bold statement is possibly a risky move for a politician. It may help counter the claim that he has avoided giving definite answers.

Again, McCain has yet to respond, but I will be amazed if he responds as frankly and unguardedly as this, let alone with anything like a Pro-Science stance (Particularly based on his running mate). Time will tell.

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LHC

September 11, 2008

For those of you that are not in the know … the LHC is the new Super Collider being run by CERN in an attempt to find the Higgs Boson.

There have been some Kooks that have looked at it and determined that this may just cause the end of the world! They look at the maths and based on some fringe physics determine that we may just create a black hole that may gobble up the earth, ignoring that the same physics predicts that any such black hole will just evaporate in a puff of Hawkins radiation.

Just in case though, I have added a link for your convenience http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/. I have inspected the source code for website and the author offers a full refund if he is found to be incorrect