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Safe from black holes

Any black holes generated by the Large Hadron Collider would be too tiny to matter

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1:13pm, June 24, 2008

Any black holes created at a new particle accelerator near Geneva will not make Swiss cheese of the nearby countryside. Nor will they gobble up Earth.

That’s the consensus of two new reports, including a safety review released June 20 by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the group that oversees the Large Hadron Collider (http://arxiv.org/abs/0806.3414).

Scheduled to start this September, the collider will be the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Protons in the accelerator will reach energies of 7 trillion electron volts and smash into each other at ne

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