German court foils woman who wants to stop a Hadron apocalypse

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

In a surprising decision (OK, not really), the highest court in Germany threw out a suit by a woman who argued that the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider would bring about the end of the world.

So if the Earth is sucked into a black hole when they fire that bad boy up, you can blame the Federal Constitutional Court in the western German city of Karlsruhe.

Here's how the Daily Telegraph reported it:

The country's highest court said that the woman—whom it didn't identify—had failed to demonstrate any connection between experiments at the CERN collider outside Geneva and the apocalypse. ...

[The court] threw out the woman's appeal because she was "unable to give a coherent account of how her fears would come about."

"The overwhelming scientific opinion is that the experiments carried out at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) present no dangers," the court ruled.

As you no doubt know, CERN wants to use the collider, which occupies a 16.8-mile tunnel straddling the Franco-Swiss border, to accelerate subatomic particles into collisions in part to prove the existence of the theorized Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle" (though we actually hate that term).

The collider resumed operations in February after technical problems shut it down, but it won't operate at full capacity until major repairs are completed sometime in 2012 or 2013.

Did someone say 2012?

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