perkonis writes: "So you've got 23,000 nukes laying about and no one to use them on. What to do with them? Well, you blow up stuff for fun and profit. Some of the ideas range from good on paper — such as mining oil shale — to just downright bad — such as making a new Panama Canal. Making a big ditch by blowing up nukes, what could possibly go wrong?"
perkonis writes: "The LHC is also getting attention because of its looks. With miles of cables and tunnels and multiple hulking particle detectors, almost any photograph of any part of this accelerator is like a glamour shot of a supervillain's doomsday weapon. But there's room for more than one groundbreaking megamachine in today's scientific pantheon. Around the globe, natural mysteries are under assault from all kinds of colossal devises, from a ship that probes the magma miles below the planet's surface to a neutrino detector designed to detect the first signs of a galactic supernova. These research machines aren't celebrities yet, but they deserve to be."