Walter L. Wagner and Luis Sancho have literally filed to save the world in a federal court in Hawaii. The men claim that a giant particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider (located outside of Geneva) will produce a little black hole or even a “stranglet” that will destroy not just the Earth but possibly the universe. While some details have to be worked out, the benefit of such a claim is that it guarantees standing and offers a pretty wide jurisdictional footprint. There is still some question of what the contingency fee would be in such a case.
The Large Hadron Collider has been 14 years and $8 billion in the making to allow scientists to recreate conditions last seen a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. According to some, it could also destroy the Earth by producing a tiny black hole or alternatively a “strangelet” that would convert our planet to a shrunken dense dead lump of “strange matter.”
There have been some past debates over this danger, but they have been rejected. Moreover, Wagner has previously demanded such relief. In 1999 and 2000, he tried unsuccessfully to stop the Brookhaven National Laboratory from operating the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.
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