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A black future

Without destroying the Earth, the Large Hadron Collider might help humans explore the cosmos

1:11pm, December 4, 2009

Shortly after the first of the year (if not already), the Large Hadron Collider — the most powerful particle accelerator ever built — will smash protons together at record energies. If the Earth remains intact, doomsayers will once again have been falsified. Every time they forecast the demise of the planet, those prophets of Earthly annihilation prove themselves no more foresightful than mortgage bankers or phony psychics.

This time, the fear of physics focuses o

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