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September 8th, 2008
09:46 PM ET

Biggest Science Project EVER

It leads off Tuesday's show, it took 14 years to make, and its goal is to help scientists understand more about the universe.  Now I have a feeling this isn't the last you'll hear about the "Big Bang machine"; it's not every day that something smashes particles together at the speed of light.  But at a cost of $10 billion to explore a scientific theory, is it worth it?  The scientists involved certainly think so.  We'd like to see whether you do.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    I really don't believe the "Big Bang", and I think it's not worth that many money to find out. (And where does that money goes?)

    September 8, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Megan

    I think that its definately worth it! If scientists have the opportunity to have a better understanding of our being why not go for it?

    September 8, 2008 at 10:30 pm |
  3. Emma

    It's worth it. 😀

    September 8, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  4. Trevor

    In Think that, that science project is so cool. I hope nobody gets caught in the middle of the atoms woo that would be messy. I think all the kids in my class will love to see that. C Y A Carl!!!

    September 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Annie

    $10 billion dollars to "explore a scientific theory"? Really?? Just a thought, but perhaps the money would be better used in another field of science...such as finding a cure to cancer or alzheimer's. They might as well just rocketed the money to Mars in whatever project Nasa has cooking next.

    September 9, 2008 at 2:12 am |
  6. Wayno

    Good show today! Did you really say "Y'all have a great day" at the end?

    Wayno
    Tucson, Az

    September 9, 2008 at 4:19 am |
  7. Brynley

    This science project rocks!

    September 9, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  8. Joshua

    I don't think so. They should of used that money for something important. Like how make bigger and better video games.

    September 9, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  9. Tre', Charis and Tavius

    Ummmm, God created the universe and we don't really care about this atom thing. It looks kinda cool but......no.

    September 9, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  10. ebony

    wow, 10 billion dollars , i actually think its kind of a cool idea to do the big bang all over again. plus i love the puns!!!

    September 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  11. Latavia

    The worlds largest science project sounds pretty cool.But when it says something might swallow the earth is devastating.

    September 9, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  12. Sean

    i think its dangerous trying to recreate the big bang if they do create it we could all be gone from the black hole. i say its a waste of money and its not worth the risk.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  13. Zack from VVHS

    If this machine can successfully re-create the Big Bang, it would revolutionize the world of science and our understanding of the way the universe works. However, it is simply the "exploration" of a scientific theory, so an investment of $10 billion is a bit outrageous. But then again, if it worked... So in a few words, yeah, it's worth it.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  14. Ty

    I don't think this is a good idea if it puts our Earth in jeprody, but if it is safe, then I think it is okay to set off. But they are scaring everyone to thinking that they are going to die.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  15. Jo

    I think it's important for us to know these things, but the cost of this project is huge. My science project didn't even come close to that. Those scientist would definetly get an A'.

    September 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  16. Elizabeth H.K.

    I think it is a waist of money. Why do scientists always have to know everything and test meaningless stuff out?

    September 9, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  17. Shelby

    Maybe...it is a good idea, it could tell more things about why were here..and how. But is it really worth the risk? Why not test on a planet we don't really need??

    September 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  18. Pam

    The science project is awesome(:

    Maybe, it is worth it.
    That's just my opinion :]

    September 9, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  19. Davion

    I think that something could go wrong because the project may make a black hole that could end the world.But thats just me and my classes opinion

    September 9, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    We will never really know how the world started and we will probably never find out!!!!! Is it an emergency?!!! Do I think it's worth it? No. I wouldnt spend $10 billion dollars on stuff we're not really supposed to know.

    September 9, 2008 at 8:55 pm |
  21. Esteban

    I think tis is a good and bad idea.One what happens if they creat a black hole and that could be the end of the world as we know it.Two it is a good idea becuase it can show us how we started.

    September 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm |
  22. Sara

    Definitely NOT worth it. I believe the Bible which says that God created the world and everything in it. I also don't believe that evolution and the Bible can compromise or work together. Evolution dilutes and cuts open the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, instead of wasting billions of dollars to prove their billion year theory, they could save money and believe the Bible. 🙂 Call me narrow-minded but, truth is the way God works! 😀

    Speaking of Christ-
    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
    For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
    Colossians 1: 5-17

    September 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  23. Olivia

    This is really cool and all but what if there is some kind of Atomic Reaction, and it would destroy the unknown factor that has been there for so many years.

    September 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
  24. Claire

    I'm not sure if this so called 10 million dollar project is really worth it. i mean there's a 50/50 chance of being killed, or just learing how we all started.

    September 10, 2008 at 12:11 am |
  25. Anonymous

    I'm going to laugh out loud for hours when they find out that it didn't work and they spent 10 billion on it...
    You can't recreate the big bang because it never happened!!!! All of those scientists are stupid and they are scaring people to thinking that it's the end of the world!!!

    September 10, 2008 at 12:27 am |
  26. Alice

    I think they should do it when the economy is better.

    September 10, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  27. Alice

    By the way-14 years! They've been making it since I was born!

    September 10, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  28. Tiffany

    The question here is : Why do you need to find out how the world started? I mean, even if you figure it out, what will be different? What's the point of it? Is it worth the risk? You could make that day the end of the world! And, the only difference would be the textbooks in school, that is.

    September 10, 2008 at 4:43 am |
  29. Shelby

    As usual they proved us wrong..Congradulations scientist. We get to live in the history of something amazing.

    September 10, 2008 at 7:29 am |
  30. Libertarian

    I think that the government should be downsized, the people should have more power and free reign, and we need to pull out of Iraq, no matter what happens. And if this black hole could kill us all, then the world wouldn't waste ten billion on it. use ur heads, y'all!

    September 10, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  31. Amanda

    The biggest machine and international scientific experiment ever built. Which is about the size of the Circle Line on the London underground is worth the money. I mean think about it. Why something 17 miles long wouldn’t cost that much money? Why would the largest machine and international experiment ever built not cost 10 billion dollars? With this experiment they hope to find answers to the universe we all live in. If we don’t know how this universe it put together, what's our place in it? This could be the solution to one of the great problems with the standard model of physics, how matter has mass and then exists in a form that allows it to make stars, planets and people. Its something that could change this world forever and open up so many new possibilities, its worth that 10 million dollars, if it means expanding knowledge.

    September 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  32. makalah

    first i have to say i'm glad you kept the punns. second i can't believe they are trying to reinact the big bang. plus that $10 billion dollars going into a projec that took fourteen yearsto do. hopfully the black hole thing doesn'y actually happen. stay punny

    September 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  33. Yvonne

    First, how did the big bang happen if there was nothing to explode? Second, what if that black hole is bigger than they think?

    September 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  34. James (WMS)

    I don't really think this is worth the money and time they are spending on it. I mean yes it will help us understand the universe better, but do we really need to be investing 10 million dollars on it? And it might even destroy earth! I mean i don't really think it's worth it!

    -James 😀

    September 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  35. lo

    wow what if that really did create a black hole !

    September 10, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  36. Dante

    Wow, this is kind of a weird decision, i think we should not take the risk because who cares if we know how this world or universe was created, i wouldnt throw my life away for it, i dont care about the 10 million dollars cause that part is not worth not even one of our lives. And i think that when the scientists activate this huge thing, im positivley sure theres going to be atleast 1 flaw out of a billion possible things that can go wrong, I for one, do not agree with this project. maybe it will be breaking news but who cares?!!? MAYBE THE SCIENTISTS SHOULD WAIT FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE!! WHO DO THOSE SCIENTISTS THINK THEY ARE, PUTTING OUR LIVES AT RISK. I CALL FOR A VOTE!!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  37. Mary

    I think it is worth it a little but not worth enough to wase all this money on it cause for all the know it wont work and boom theres money out of peoples pockets

    September 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  38. Lizz

    I am a strong christian and I don't believe in the big bang theory. And if they do find out whatever they want to know how in the world will it help us?? so what if we know how the earth was made. In my opinion some things are better left unknown.

    P.S. We could use 10 billion dollars to rebuild our economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2008 at 8:49 pm |
  39. Jo Jo

    Wow, this is big:-0! I don't know to believe in the big bang or not and that coming from a science lover. I think that the scientist should think really carefully before going through with this:-(. They say it has little risks but they say a lot of stuff so... and I thought we have freedom of speech :-). And 10 million dollars is not worth it to see how the world was created... kinda like in Eureka on sci fI. Besides anything could happen even if the scientist they made all the calculation and they're all RIGHT :-). Anyway like I said it's fine with me if they do it but think of the safety any want peoplr think first before acting.

    -Jo Jo 🙂

    September 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm |
  40. Min Soo

    This is not worth it. I hate scientists. They always try to
    do something that proves that GOD is not real! this is all not
    worth it. they could just donate that to poor countries instead
    of doint this i dont think at all that this is not worth it.
    the bible says that GOD created the universe. so just deal with
    it scientists

    September 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  41. bms

    thats awsome

    September 11, 2008 at 9:09 pm |
  42. Bradey

    The Big Bang machine has its ups and downs. It could help us understand better how the Universe was formed. The concern is how it could make a black hole. I think that it costed a lot of money and it could have been put to a better use.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm |
  43. Mahum

    this is deff. going to destroy the earth!

    😦

    September 13, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  44. micah

    I dont think it was worth it because i am a christian and i dont think that is how we got our planets. I belive that God created the world and he did it for a reason

    September 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  45. Scott

    I think that the science project wasn't even worth it. The reason i think this is because it was a big waste of money which could of been used for better things like boosting the U.S economy. The other reason is because i don't think it even found anything that will help us people on earth.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  46. Kaitlyn

    Why does it matter we are here and that is all that matters

    September 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  47. John

    i dont actually beleive in the big bang theory or concept but if this machine really works then i think the world can get further insight into the exploration of how the universe was formed

    September 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  48. sitara

    I think it's silly just to waste $1 billion on that big machine! And if they create a black hole, don't blame me!!!

    September 17, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  49. jessica

    to be honest i think this is wrong because our country needs this money more than anything right now, and doing this science project isn't helping at all

    September 23, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  50. Ben

    i think it is going to blow up and kill all the nerds

    October 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
  51. Nick

    i think that it is a great idea and it will be a teacher to the science poeple so that they will be smarter in that project

    October 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm |
  52. christy

    Rest ur minds stupid wonders, READ UR BIBLE, Believe in god, he is real, He lives forever.. . . . . . The big bang is a sad joke. I pitty the foul on judgement day who doesnt belive. . Hummmmm, WWJD?

    October 9, 2008 at 9:34 pm |