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Woman fails to shut down Hadron Collider
By T.K. Randall
October 17, 2012 · 28 comments
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A German court has rejected the case of a woman who claims the atom smasher would destroy the world.
The unnamed woman claimed that there was a risk that the Large Hadron Collider could generate a black hole and bring about the destruction of the entire planet, however the higher administrative court in Muenster dismissed the case on the basis that there was no evidence that the atom smasher posed any risk to public safety.
"The plaintiff ... was worried that the experiments could produce so-called 'black holes' which could eventually lead to the destruction of all life on Earth," said the court, but dismissed the idea in favour of CERN's own safety reports noting that "objectively, there is no evidence to doubt the correctness of these safety reports nor was any conclusive evidence presented."
A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole failed Tuesday in her court bid to stop the work of the world's most powerful atom smasher.
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