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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Collider creates mini big bangs, and we're all still here

Reuters - 3.30.10 (by Robert Evans)

GENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) - Physicists smashed sub-atomic particles into each other with record energy on Tuesday, creating thousands of mini-Big Bangs like the primeval explosion that gave birth to the universe 13.7 billion years ago.

Scientists and engineers in control rooms across the sprawling European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva burst into applause as the $9.4 billion project to probe the origins of the cosmos scored its first big success.

"This opens the door to a totally new era of discovery," said CERN's director of research Sergio Bertolucci. "It is a step into the unknown where we will find things we thought were there and perhaps things we didn't know existed."

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Prof essor said...

Utter nonsense on Reuters. Is that agency a reliable source for news? First, there are no 'big bangs' created at the LHC. Low mass protons collide at high speed and break up in smaller particles that are studied. That's it. Second, the big bang was not an explosion. It was the expansion of spacetime.

Is it really that hard for reporters to type in ''? That reporter obviously read some nonsense about artificial black holes swallowing up the earth and mixed that up with other pseudo-scientific crap.