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Apparently, even scientists that accelerate subatomic particles for a living get a little starstruck sometimes. Ahead of the movie Angels and Demons, movie star Tom Hanks accepted an offer to turn on the Large Hadron Collider once it’s repaired, as early as June. Cern, the collider’s operator, features in the movie as the rightful owner of some stolen antimatter, which is then used in a plot to destroy the Vatican. One of project directors offered the opportunity when Hanks visited the underground machine this month. See? Even noble scientific advancements can be commercialized in some way. On the bright side, if the machine creates a black hole and destroys the planet, we’ll know who to blame. [Telegraph via CrunchGear]