Source: Nature [journal paper]
quote: But I think this is just an example of the same type of fear and ignorance people had with nuclear explosions vaporizing our atmosphere or the LHC causing black holes that would destroy the earth.
quote: Maybe but some people are highly resistant to certain types of cancer. So those are the ones that may be able to survive. Or nothing will happen and we've simply learned something new about how things work. In the worst case, well, that's the end of the human species. Nice knowing you. Chances are our species will eventually go extinct so don't worry about it.
quote: Hey, I'll certainly commend you for thinking for yourself. However, just because we all die some day doesn't mean we have to compromise the quality of our existence every day.
quote: So we can face our extinction by living in caves, fearing new discoveries that may help or harm and let natural selection take over or we can continue to learn how stuff works and do our best to be careful not to blow ourselves up.
quote: Nuclear explosions are catastrophic to the environment last time I checked.