Mini Black Holes
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Around the time that the Large Hadron Collider first turned on in 2008, they were a series of dramatic headlines claiming that the Large Hadron Collider could produce mini black holes and that these black holes would then eat up the Earth! These stories were all over the internet, including sites that you would’ve thought were more reliable, serious sources. For example, the National Geographic News on September 10, 2008, had the following headline: “Worst Case: Collider Spawns Planet-Devouring Black Hole.” (Fig. 8.1).