For much of this week, I’ve been bemused by Engadget’s recent posts announcing the world ending on Wednesday, thanks to the Large Hadron Collider.  (Given the fact that Hurricane Ike is building in the Gulf, it might have been good timing. )   I didn’t realize there was such an outcry against the project.  Besides,  Wednesday seemed a bit premature for total world destruction – I mean, the Mayans predicted the world will end in December 2012, so wouldn’t it be a bit rude for CERN to trump the date by more than 4 years?  Still, I dutifully posted the warning on my office door lest the LHC’s activities catch my coworkers unprepared.

In case you haven’t noticed, sending protons clockwise then counterclockwise through 17 miles of underground tunnels didn’t cause a catastrophic event.  However, there’s still time.  It will be a few weeks before CERN starts smashing protons – the effects of which could lead to the end of the world.  Thankfully, Woot’s WWWoundup has provided the perfect resource for answering the question: Has the Large Hadron Collider Destryoed the World Yet? Thanks, Woot!  I feel totally empowered now!