The reboot of the Large Hadron Collider earlier this year doubled the energy produced by the world’s largest machine — the biggest ever built by man. That’s twice as much energy as was needed by the LHC to discover the elusive Higgs Boson back in 2013. Power scares people — and rightly so. So taking off from the old adage about absolute power corrupting absolutely, the LHC is suspected by many of having too much power for humans to handle — a veritable Pandora’s box or Eve’s apple –choose your analogy.
One of the common suspicions is that the LHC, operating at such high energy, alters the weather patterns on earth. CERN explains that this isn’t possible. “The magnets at CERN have an electromagnetic field, which is contained with the magnets themselves and therefore cannot influence the Earth’s magnetic field, nor the weather,” CERN explains.