A GIANT particle accelerator that mimics the effects of the Big Bang could destroy all life on Earth by sucking it into a black hole, a lawsuit claims.
Walter Wagner, who runs a botanical garden on Hawaii's Big Island, and Luis Sancho of Spain have asked for an injunction to prevent the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) starting up its Large Hadron Collider.
Although CERN scientists have already ruled out the possibility in a safety review, Mr Wagner and Mr Sancho say there is at least a small chance of annihilation of the planet and perhaps the universe.
Their lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Honolulu, seeks a temporary restraining order banning CERN from finishing the accelerator until it has produced a safety report and an environmental assessment.
I'm reminded of the immortal words of an extra on Babylon 5:
It scares the hell out of me. But... what better way to go out than in the cause of advancing scientific knowledge?
Indeed. I say, throw the switch! For science!