Conspiracy theorists believe that the Large Hadron Collider is causing a lot of damage and that it will eventually destroy our planet.
They believe if the particle smasher does not create a black hole that swallows up our world, it will pull an asteroid towards us, trigger monster earthquakes, or open a portal to allow Satan in to finish his work.
A host of conspiracy theories claim there is something more sinister behind the complex machine on the Swiss-French border than answering the mysteries of how the Universe started.
After Express.co.uk this week reported on the latest theory, that the LHC is allegedly causing major earthquakes when it is operational, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has moved to allay fears.
They clarified what it is doing but has admitted the particle collider could create a black hole, but claims this would still be safe.
A CERN spokesman told Express.co.uk: “The Large Hadron Collider has been working beautifully well since Easter now and will continue to work for the whole year.
“Scientists are very happy as they acquire a lot of new data and thus hope to solve the remaining questions to the mysteries of our Universe.”
CERN has issued a statement on its website hitting back at some of the wilder claims. It disputes the LHC is dangerous at all.
The statement said: “Although powerful for an accelerator, the energy reached in the LHC is modest by nature’s standards.
“Cosmic rays – particles produced by events in outer space – collide with particles in the Earth’s atmosphere at much greater energies than those of the LHC.
“These cosmic rays have been bombarding the Earth’s atmosphere as well as other astronomical bodies since these bodies were formed, with no harmful consequences. These planets and stars have stayed intact despite these higher energy collisions over billions of years.”
So what about black holes?
CERN said: “The LHC will not generate black holes in the cosmological sense. However, some theories suggest that the formation of tiny ‘quantum’ black holes may be possible.
“The observation of such an event would be thrilling in terms of our understanding of the Universe and would be perfectly safe.”
But the organisation categorically denied it could open a portal to another dimension, let alone one that would let Satan in, but could prove if they are possible.
CERN said: “CERN will not open a door to another dimension.
“If the experiments conducted at the LHC demonstrate the existence of certain particles it could help physicists to test various theories about nature and our Universe, such as the presence of extra dimensions.”
CERN also denies being able to influence weather, earthquakes or asteroids.
The statement said: “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.
“The strength of the LHC magnets (8.36 teslas) is comparable to the magnetic field found in PET-MRI scanners (up to 9.4 tesla), which are regularly used for brain scans.”
CERN also disputes the aim of the LHC is to disprove God exists. It added: “People from all over the world work together harmoniously at CERN, representing all regions, religions and cultures.
“CERN exists to understand the mystery of nature for the benefit of humankind. “Scientists at CERN use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.
“Particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. This process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.”
One long-running conspiracy theory is that the LHC is a tool of the so-called illuminati – a secret global elite above world governments that are said to be involved in Satanism to bring about a ‘New World Order’.
CERN compounded this myth when it unveiled a two-metre high statue of Indian deity Shiva.
Conspiracy website nowtheendbegins.com posed the question: “Why was a statue dedicated to the Hindu Lord Nataraja, also known as the ‘dark one’, at the CERN collider? Because the New World Order is sending you a message.”
But CERN says this was just a gift.
The statement added: “The Shiva statue was a gift from India to celebrate its association with CERN, which started in the 1960s and remains strong today.
“In the Hindu religion, Lord Shiva practiced Nataraj dance which symbolises Shakti, or life force.
“This deity was chosen by the Indian government because of a metaphor that was drawn between the cosmic dance of the Nataraj and the modern study of the ‘cosmic dance’ of subatomic particles.
“India is one of CERN’s observer states, along with the USA, Russia and Japan. CERN is a multicultural organisation that welcomes scientists from more than 100 countries and 680 institutions. The Shiva statue is only one of the many statues and art pieces at CERN.”
Several websites have also read things into the CERN logo as being connected to the Illuminati.
CERN said: “The shapes in CERN’s current logo represent particle accelerators.
“The logo in this form dates back to 1968, when a decision was made to change the CERN logo from the original one.
“Some 114 new designs were proposed, many of which used CERN’s experiments as inspiration.
“The final design used the original lettering, surrounded by a schematic of a synchrotron, beam lines and particle tracks. Today’s logo is a simplified version of this.”