Some physicists have posited a possible new hazard at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN lab in Switzerland which may result from Bose Einstein Condensates, a super cold matter by-product of the LHC. The circuit of the particle accelerator is encased in a sea of superfluid helium (a known Bose Einstein Condensate) and strong magnetic fields a combination which can cause a huge explosion known as a Bose Einstein Supernova. But our friends at CERN say nothing to worry about.

http://arxivblog.com/?p=645

Apparently the LHC is also harnessing the power of 100,000 computers through the use of the internet grid.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article4842964.ece

Disclaimer: I am not a particle physicist (and neither are you) 😀

Update: 01/23/09 Collider could create black holes that could last up to one minute.

http://arxivblog.com/?p=1136

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