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IU Team Pleased With Powering On Of Giant Atom Smasher

Last updated on Thursday, September 11, 2008

(BLOOMINGTON) - It’s turned on, humming and already producing its first proton beams, and no, we’re not talking about something on the sci-fi channel.

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, went online yesterday, and professors at IU Bloomington that are part of the team couldn't be happier.

IU Professor Harold Ogren is the man who oversaw IU's involvement in the project that is designed to actually test the "Big Bang Theory."

Some fear, however, the minute chance that the tests could actually generate a miniature black hole, which, needless to say, would be disastrous for earth, and everyone on it, and everything near it.

But when we say it's the biggest particle accelerator in the world, we're not "whistling Dixie."

It has a circumference of 16 miles, and is in a tunnel that crosses the Swiss-French border.

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