LHC is fired up… and we are still alive

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After activating the Large Hadron Collider, scientists at CERN have fired the first protons into a 27-kilometre tunnel that will see the next great step into understanding how our world was created. The US$3.8 billion world’s largest particle collider is below the Swiss-French border.

It hopes that it provides the necessary power to smash the components of atoms to see how they are made. Skeptics, however, say that the collisions could see the end of the Earth – how wrong are they!