Large Hadron Collider fires up, no black holes. Yet.

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

CERN's Large Hadron Collider conducted its first experiments at conditions nearing those after the Big Bang today with a record-setting collision of proton beams, a milestone for the atom smasher.

The good news is: World still here, no flash-forwards, no blackholes. Yet.

Here's the Associated Press' account:

In a milestone for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider's ambitious bid to reveal details about theoretical particles and microforces, CERN scientists collided the beams and took measurements at a combined energy level of 7 trillion electron volts.

The collisions herald a new era for researchers working on the machine in a 17-mile tunnel below the Swiss-French border at Geneva.

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