Exciting news from Geneva this morning, as the world's largest particle collider successfully conducted its first major test firing. As is always the case with potentially world-altering scientific developments, fear rules the day in some quarters, with many believing that the collider could create a black hole that could swallow the Earth.
This is poppycock, of course. Any black hole that the collider would create would be hyperlocalized, and would evaporate in less than a nanosecond. Far from devouring the Earth, such a black hole could only devour the smallest of things, like fermions, leptons, bosons, and the Arizona Diamondbacks' increasingly microscopic playoff possibilities.