I thought I sensed something in my nerd-dar sometime around yesterday morning, and of course the fact that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) went online and running (CERN, Nature, New Scientist) explains everything. And hey, we're still around! The world didn't suddenly disappear into a black hole or a "strangelet" or whatever, as some crackpots would have us believe. I can't pretend to know how this thing works or tell exactly what's going on, but I understand that so far there haven't been any particle collisions, just a proton beam that made its way all around the accelerator, so I guess there's still the risk (chance?). Then again, probably not.
This thing is all over the place! Which is exciting of course, since it brings attention to science and the sort of fundamental questions that modern science is pursuing, like what the universe is made of, why it's expanding and how its forces interact. But if you, like me, are a bit overwhelmed by the amount of coverage this thing is getting I can recommend clicking away to Nature and Seed, which have nice summarizing specials up. And if that's no good, comics always help.
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