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.
Next: Waiting for the Vulcans to detect the collision and land in Montana.