Posts Tagged ‘particle accelerators’

Op-ed on Nuclear Science Experiment and Planetary Disaster Risk

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Twin accelerator rings in tunnel.

Brookhaven National Laboratory's RHIC machine

Prof. Michael Baram of Boston University and I published an op-ed today in the International Business Times: New U.S. Science Commission Should Look At Experiment’s Risk Of Destroying The Earth.

The piece concerns the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider – the RHIC (pronounced “Rick”) – at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. The question is whether it might create a “strangelet” that would begin a process of converting all matter on Earth into hyperdense “strange matter.”

Prof. Baram and I argue that a new science commission created by Congress should look at the risks of experiments in addition to their benefits.