Quotes: Just Think of the Potential
"Nooooo! I created the laser-fitted Armoured Scorpion of Death to help Mankind, not to destroy it!"
The interest was generated not by the reason for the experiment, but by the fact that we've demonstrated we could trigger a nova. Consequently, the Institute's public information group decided to concentrate on that aspect of the story, and the benefits the human race might eventually derive from the capability. Unfortunately, no one could think of any.