The Moment

9|10|08: Geneva

If you're reading this, the world didn't end last Wednesday morning--but then, no serious person thought it would. Two men with more of a cause than a clue, however, had sued to stop the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a new particle accelerator near Geneva, from being switched on, arguing that it could lead to black holes or other scary things that could destroy the earth.

The weight of scientific evidence was overwhelmingly against the men, so the lawsuit didn't go ahead, and at 4:30 a.m. E.T. that day, the start-up of the LHC did. A beam of protons was sent whirling...

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