A device that when used has the potential to create miniature black holes. Physicist have assured us that this is of no concern, though, for two reasons. One is that these black holes are supposed to evoporate due to Hawking Radiation, which is an unobserved theory. And the other is that if the LHC is capable of producing black holes, cosmic rays should produce miniature black holes frequently when they collide with the atmosphere, which totally ignores the fact that these natural miniature black holes would have velocities much greater than the Earth's escape velocity. So there is a distinct possibility that when this collider fires up in 2007, the Earth could be doomed to be slowly accreted by miniature black holes at the center of the earth. However, you can rest assured that the physicists that are willing to gamble with the functional existence of Earth on the basis that this scenario will not happen do not seem to care.
Firing up the Large Hadron Collider without observational evidence of Hawking Radiation is like not putting enough life boats on the Titanic.
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