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Video: Smashing time!

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    >>> day.

    >>> when worlds collide . the world's top scientists are celebrating successful smashing of subatomic particles at the $9 billion super collider in geneva. researchers are trying to create the big bang conditions that led to the creation of the universe 13 billion years ago . here to explain what this all means is hofstra university 's chairman of the physics department. dr. hastings, this is a huge facility, what are they trig to do?

    >> trying to unlock several mysteries of the universe. one is interesting, still around. we all understand whatographerity is. we know about weight and mass. physicists don't really understand gravity as it functions within what they call the standard model , quantum theory and physics. one thing is to understandographerity. another thing is to understand some of the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy . the thing is to explore physics where we can look for these things. you can look at this as part of human's exploration towards interspace.

    >> is there any chance -- i hate to even ask this. it's a concern for some people out there who don't follow physics, this could create a gigantic black hole or destroy the planet in one fell swoop. is there a chance of that, if we don't know what's happening there?

    >> not at all. the energies there are huge. they are the highest energies achieved by a fairly large factor, but they are very small compared to the energies of cosmic rays that strike us every day. the earth is still after 5 billion years. no, this cannot in any sense destroy the world. it might shake up some scientists views about how the universe works if we don't find the particle you referred to early as the god particle . but there's no chance of anything going wrong in terms of a black hole .

    >> doctor hastings, thanks so much for coming on and trying to explain it to some of us nonphysicists. we appreciate you coming on today. good to see you.

    >> thank you, david .

    >> that does it for me.