The title of this news article is a bit misleading. It is of course about the LHC and all that black hole hoopla, but it would be trivializing the LHC if all it does is "black hole research". That isn't even something they would be focusing on. Still, the article presents views from Yuval Grossman and Peter Wittich of Cornell trying to reassure the public that the LHC experiment is safe.
The problem we are dealing with here is exactly what Wittich has said:
“I think it shows that people don't really understand how science works,” he said. “It shows selective reasoning or reading of scientific research.”
If you are in the Cornell area, you may want to see if you can free up some time on Sept. 9.
On Sept. 9, the day before the machine is turned on, Wittich and Grossman will hold a public question-and-answer session at Cornell, partly to quell any worries people may have and to explain what their project is all about.
The main question the researchers will study is why things have mass and how it is created, Wittich said. Part of answering that question will be finding nature's most basic building block.