Collider creates 5 MILLION mini-Big Bangs! World not ending

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

So they fired up the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva last week, and how well has it done?

How about 5 million mini-Big Bangs??

That's the report from physicists at the CERN research center in Geneva, according to Reuters:

Spokesman James Gillies said the subterranean Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in which tiny particles of matter are smashed together at a fraction of a second under the speed of light, was functioning extremely well.

"It's all looking pretty good. We are getting a mass of data for the analysts in laboratories all round the world to get their teeth into, even if it could take months or years for anything really new to emerge," said Gillies.

That's 100 collisions per second, with each colliding at a record total energy of 7 million million electron volts.

But that's only half of the energy level that's expected to be reached in 2013, presumably when the LHC will trigger a massive event that will wipe out the entire universe.

Stay tuned!

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