Safety report: latest collider at CERN won't end the world

Physicists around the world are waiting with excitement as the final preparations for CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) take place in advance of the start of operations this summer. Others, however, are much less enthused, as they worry about the prospects for cataclysmic forces to be released through the exotic forms of matter that will appear in the debris of the collisions that take place within the LHC's detectors. Those worries sparked a lawsuit intended to block the LHC's operation. Physicists are aware of the concerns, however, and CERN sponsored a safety report back in 2003. Now, with final preparations for operation under way, they've issued a followup safety evaluation, updated in light of the progress physics has made in the intervening time. The report's conclusion is that, if the LHC were capable of destroying the earth, nature would have beaten us to the punch.