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Scientists Beaming After Test of Big Atom Smasher

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Scientists Beaming After Test of Big Atom Smasher A small blip on a computer screen sent champagne corks popping among physicists in Switzerland. The blip was literally of cosmic proportions, representing a new tool to probe the birth of the universe. The world's largest atom smasher passed its first test Wednesday as scientists said their powerful tool is almost ready to reveal how the tiniest particles were first created after the "big bang," which many theorize was the massive explosion that formed the stars, planets, and everything.

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em1282 em1282 8 years
Pretty amazing. ;) Yeah, that's an understatement.
ceej ceej 8 years
There is absolutely no way that this can create a black hole, eminent physicists have been working on this project for years and years. Lawsuits have been laid to stop it but have no bearing and have been dismissed. If you look into the scientists that were against this, they are not physicists and some are merely religious crackpots. No ones lives are in danger.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I read that many scientists were against this. I love how the others just took a chance with all of us. :oy: I mean yea for scientific advancement, but eek, I want a vote!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
One can only hope... :fingerscrossed:
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
It's supposed to take that long!? That means we'll have to suffer through another election cycle. Maybe they can speed it up and put us all out of our misery before then.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
My fiance told me he read that some German scientists predict it will create a black hole that will kill us all, and that it will happen in 2012. (Supposedly December 21, 2012 is the date predicted as the end of the world in the Mayan calendar.) I told him, "Well, there are a lot slower and more painful ways to go than getting sucked into a black hole. Turn that sucker on!"
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
There were lawsuits trying to prevent this from happening out of the fear that it would create a black hole that didn't fizzle out and the planet would be sucked in.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Thanks for the tip! Must check it out!
ceej ceej 8 years
Amy the BBC's radio 4 website has a whole page devoted to the LHC with some very excited scientists on there!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
ceej - they had a report on this on NPR this morning! I was totally fascinated.
ceej ceej 8 years
This is one of the most significant days in recent history. To think that after this scientists will know what happened immediately after the big bang is mind blowing. I think it deserves much bigger coverage than this on this site. I know the election is all consuming but something like this is worthy of celebration.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's so damn cool.
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