http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/science/31collider.html?hp (among others)
...and yet we're all still here and not at the center of a black hole. Great job maintaining your grip on reality, science!After 16 years and $10 billion and a long morning of electrical groaning and sweating there was joy in the meadows and tunnels of the Swiss-French countryside Tuesday: the worlds biggest physics machine, the Large Hadron Collider, finally began to collide subatomic particles.
Following two false starts due to electrical failures, protons whipped to more than 99 percent of the speed of light and to energy levels of 3.5 trillion electron volts apiece around a 17-mile underground magnetic racetrack outside of Geneva a little after 1 p.m. local time. They crashed together inside apartment-building sized detectors designed to capture every evanescent flash and fragment from microscopic fireballs thought to hold insights into the beginning of the world.