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So today was the big day for the Large Hadron Collider to fire up and possibly create black holes that would gobble up the Earth and Google celebrated with a light speed inspired Google logo:

Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

Here’s a little nugget about the LHC:

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being built in a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference. The tunnel is buried around 50 to 175 m. underground. It straddles the Swiss and French borders on the outskirts of Geneva.

It planned to circulate the first beams 10th September 2008. First collisions at high energy are expected about a month later with the first results from the experiments soon after.

The LHC is designed to collide two counter rotating beams of protons or heavy ions. Proton-proton collisions are foreseen at an energy of 7 TeV per beam.

If you want to find out more about the Large Hadron Collider, check out the official website which is loaded with all sorts of geektastic information to make your head spin.

To quote the band R.E.M. from the video below, did you think it was “the end of the world as we know it?”:

I don’t know about you, but I was slightly worried about the Earth being sucked into a black hole. I know, such a nice thought as I was getting ready for bed last night.

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