September 10th, 2008

lolcat: science

In which I mix science and politics: surely a winning combination!

Dear Tin Foil Hat Brigade,

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN was switched on this morning. The beam has made it all the way around the 27 km ring.

Please note that the Earth is still intact. Not, mind you, that there was ever more than a miniscule probability of it even creating miniature black holes, let alone of those black holes doing anything other than collapsing instantly. So please, go back to your television set. Enjoy the special episode of Torchwood. And for the love of Pete, stop posting drivel on the internets about how the LHC is going to destroy the world.

xoxo,
nanila

P.S. If you can't see the point of doing such research at all, perhaps the words of C.H. Llewellyn-Smith may help to change your mind. "Given that basic scientists are motivated by the desire to gain priority, and generally to publish and publicise their work, whereas applied scientists working in industry are motivated by the desire to protect, hide and patent, it may paradoxically be that there is more spin-off [technology] from basic than applied research." (emphasis mine, props to nimoloth for the link)

Dear America,

Personal circumstances that make it unlikely notwithstanding: If you elect the representatives of the Tin Foil Hat Brigade to presidential office come November, I am so never coming back.

With extraordinarily mixed emotions about my nationality,
nanila