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Today is a big day for science.  And depending on your views it may be the end of days.  Just a few moments ago the Large Hadron Collider or LHC successfully fired particles at 99.9% the speed of light and if it went well we may have created the first man-made black holes.  The tests could answer some of the biggest questions in quantum physics such as why we are made of matter and not anti-matter, what exactly are atoms made of, and was that big bang all about, anyway?

The problem that some scientists are up in arms about is that black holes have the potential to grow exponentially.  Worse case scenario? It swallows the big blue and green in less than four years...  So don't worry, we still have time to watch a few more features and write a few more blogs before we turn to space pudding.

Most scientists, however, are uncharacteristically non-doomsday about it.  They point out that the sun projects cosmic rays of far greater energy to the earth every day and so far the great matriarch has stayed intact.  Besides, the tests are in France and they'd be the first to go, so you know, it won't be all that bad...

RJM Uploaded 09/10/2008
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