Well, we certainly live in interesting times. Tomorrow (Wednesday 10th September 2008), a guy called "Evans the Atom" (I kid you not) and his colleagues will fire up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the newest, largest, and the highest-energy particle accelerator in the world.
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Of course there are always naysayers [see my previous The End is Nigh blog about the official magazine of the Apocalypse ("Read it now before it's too late!")], so it's not surprising to hear that some folks believe that powering-up the LHC will result in the creation of miniature (microscopic) black holes that will Devour the Earth!
On the other side of the coin, we have folks like Stephen Hawking who actually hopes the LHC will create such black holes, because he's long predicted that such beasts would instantly evaporate in a small burst of energy and – if this proves to be the case – there's a good chance he'll receive the Nobel Prize (Click Here to read the full article).
In reality, tomorrow sees only the first stage of the LHC's commissioning process in which relatively little power will be applied and the various systems will start to be checked out. It will probably be a month or more before Evans the Atom and team wind the beast up to full power, as which time they may well start to reveal the secrets of the universe and the big bang.
Hold onto your hats (and let's hope it's not a bumpy ride)...
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