CERN has a new version of the European Strategy Group (last convened in 2005/6), tasked with updating medium to long-term plans for future accelerators and particle physics in general. This week they’re running an Open Symposium (live webcast here), with presentations covering a wide array of topics from the state of speculative ideas about BSM physics to possible new accelerator technologies.
While the presentations themselves often focus on the really interesting question of how to learn more about the Higgs and electroweak symmetry breaking, media articles based on reporting from the conference have started to appear, often featuring the usual nonsense. See for example this piece, from the Sunday Times, which tells us that:
Such a machine might help resolve some of the questions raised by Albert Einstein, who could not reconcile the forces operating at the level of atoms with the force of gravity, which governs the movement of stars and planets.
which then gets picked up by the Daily Mail and turned into a story about how CERN reveals plans for new experiments measuring 50 miles in length to solve the mystery of how gravity works, which explains:
The collider will be used to solve a new batch of mysteries of the universe, such as how gravity interacts on a molecular level.
Maybe the European Strategy Group could as part of its deliberations develop a strategy for stopping physicists from going to the press with nonsense about quantum gravity….