So, just a bit more than a month left before the Large Hadron Collider opens up and starts trying to dig a tiny bit deeper into the bottomless pit of the underlying physical laws of the universe. Of course since this is “big science” it’s got lots of panties all wadded up.

Some fear debut of powerful atom-smasher –
MEYRIN, Switzerland (AP) — The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August.

But some critics fear the Large Hadron Collider could exceed physicists’ wildest conjectures: Will it spawn a black hole that could swallow Earth?

Or spit out particles that could turn the planet into a hot dead clump?

Ridiculous, say scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN — some of whom have been working for a generation on the $5.8 billion collider, or LHC.

Ridiculous indeed, but since when did attempts to stop progress have to be sane or reasonable?