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Large Hadron Collidor Researchers Hope To Touch Another Dimension

Atom smashing scientists could create mini-black holes to test whether gravity flows between dimensions

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Ordinarily I’m all for the sort of creative scientific research that moves us a little further from “stark reality” and closer to “Tony Stark reality.” That said, even I can’t help but wonder whether smashing atoms so hard they might punch through to another dimension altogether is such a great idea.

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Images from CERN's Mini Big Bang

After a bumpy beginning, the Large Hadron Collider is finally delivering on its promise of blowing our minds.


After a bumpy beginning, the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most enormous and highest-energy particle accelerator, is finally delivering on its promise of blowing our minds.

This week, physicists smashed lead ions together in the accelerator for the first time, causing a collision that produced temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the sun. "What we're doing is reproducing the conditions that existed at the very early universe, a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang," Michael Tuts, a Columbia University physicist, told CNN.

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What Would Happen if You Stuck Your Hand in the Large Hadron Collider?

A bunch of scientists attempt to answer this question. Short answer: nothing good.

The Large Hadron Collider has yet to destroy the planet. But what would happen if you stuck your hand in it? In this video, a bunch of scientists attempt to answer that pressing question.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NMqPT6oKJ8&feature=player_embedded

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