Remember all that hype (look at the source…) about the end of the universe and insta-black holes which were supposed to form and destroy us all at the very mention of “Large Hadron Collider?” Well, guess what? We’re still here. And they’ve been running experiments for some time now.
The Large Hadron Collider recorded its first lead ion collisions on Sunday and has since stabilized the twin beams sufficiently to start running physics experiments, said a spokeswoman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN.
The collisions produce an effect that is as close as researchers have ever come to observing the state of matter moments after the formation of the universe, which is believed to have begun with a colossal explosion known as the big bang.