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Anyone Who Thinks the LHC Will Destroy the World is a T***

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Particle physics professor Brian Cox of the University of Manchester has pretty much the final word on Large Hadron Collider fear-mongering with the above quote. What prompted such an outburst? Death threats against scientists working on the LHC. Perhaps an even better question - what does "t***" stand for?Numerous studies have found that the LHC poses no risk of creating reality-devouring exotic matter or world-shredding mini black holes, but still the messages of anger and concern pour into CERN headquarters. Mixed in with the hand-wringing have been a few actual death threats, notably directed at physicist Frank Wilczek of MIT. Scientists have noted that cosmic particles bombard the Earth constantly, yet they haven't caused an apocalypse yet, so there's really nothing to worry about. I guess "the potential end of the world" sticks in people's minds better than "the search for the Higgs Boson." Of course, when the Telegraph quoted Professor Cox's vitriolic paroxysm, they used asterisks to disguise the word he actually used. So what's a t***? Some obscure physics term, no doubt. Image by: xkcd. Scientists get death threats over Large Hadron Collider. [Telegraph]