Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fox News and the 'Doomsday Machine'

For reasons known only to FoxNews.com, they consistently refer to the Large Hadron Collider as the 'Doomsday Machine'. It doesn't seem to matter if the article is about the dangers some people have suggested the LHC poses. For example, 'Doomsday Machine' Repairs to Cost $21 Million or Gala Inauguration for Broken-Down 'Doomsday Machine'. Even when the heading is appropriate, as in Scientists Not So Sure 'Doomsday Machine' Won't Destroy World, FoxNews.com keeps you guessing. Describing the relative improbability of the LHC destroying the Earth:

FoxNews.com can think of a few other things that didn't seem possible once — the theory of continental drift, the fact that rocks fall from the sky, the notion that the Earth revolves around the sun, the idea that scientists could be horribly wrong.

I have no idea what that means. But Super Collide does like the third person. Before you get too worried about Doomsday, today FoxNews.com reprinted a follow-up story from livescience.com that was originally titled Stand Down: Black Holes Won't Destroy Earth. The FoxNews.com title? Scientist Insists 'Doomsday Machine' Is Perfectly Safe. I assume this is all an elaborate joke.

(image credit: part of the 'Doomsday Machine' is shown, CERN, via foxnews.com)