Apr 11, 2017 09:36 AM EDT
5 Of The Most Dangerous Experiments Science Has Ever Had [Video]
Science has definitely made the world and people's lives better. However, it might not be common knowledge that before these technologies can benefit the whole world, they have to undergo a series of experiments and testings, most of which are very dangerous. Here are 5 of the most dangerous experiments science has ever had.
The Large Hadron Super Collider or LHC is a giant ring of superconducting magnets equipped with a number of accelerators that can boost the energy of particles. Housed at CERN in Switzerland, scientists use the LHC in hopes to understand more about the universe. That might sound harmless but many people have been accusing the organization that LHC is responsible for the earthquakes and asteroid visitations happening these days.
Critics also believe that it creates more black holes in the universe, a fact that CERN scientists somewhat agree. However, they were quick to add that these black holes are very small and are harmless.
Sometime between 1971 and 1989, South African medical experts believed that homosexuality is a mental illness that needs to be cured. The South African military created a campaign to help cure homosexuals and placed Dr. Aubrey Levin as the head of the program called the Aversion Project.
During this time, Dr. Levin forced hundreds of homosexuals and lesbians to undergo aversion therapy to cure them of their illness. The subjects had to go through untold stories of abuse, chemical castration, and hundreds of sex change operations.
The Trinity Test was the name of the first nuclear test that the United States had conducted. It is the fruition of the Manhattan Project and the age of the nuclear era. After the first nuclear bomb was detonated in a desert in New Mexico in July 16, 1945, the bomb created a crater and a glassy green radioactive substance scientists called the trinitite. The area was closed for many years because radiation was 10 times higher than the natural background radiation.
In 1970, the Soviet scientists began drilling a hole in the Kola Peninsula which resulted in a 12-kilometer deep hole, still the deepest on record until now. The goal of the project was to get as much data about the Earth's crust and everything that lies beneath it. Sure enough, Soviet scientists were able to gather the most massive geologic data, which suggests how much little humans know about the planet they live in. The project, however, was stopped in the 1990s after scientists detected extreme temperatures.
In 1932 - 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted an experiment to 399 African-American syphilis patients. Instead of giving medicine to combat syphilis, they injected placebo medicine to the patients making them believe that they are getting real medicine. The goal of the experiment is to study how syphilis will progress when left untreated. As a result, 28 people died because of untreated syphilis and 100 died from complications.
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