The Large Hadron Collider is a new particle accelerator and the world's largest. So on that date next month scientists will "make the first attempt to circulate a beam of protons around a 17-mile-long super-cooled underground racetrack."
The collider, 14 years and $8 billion in the making, has been built to smash together protons that have been accelerated to energies of 7 trillion electron volts, and examine the remains for clues to the origin of mass and new forces and particles in the universe." (New York Times)
Why were there people who cared so much about this complex experiment? Because of the possibility, admittedly remote, of that this doomsday machine will really be a black hole factory and that a stray one could "devour our planet whole. Black holes possess gravitational fields so strong that nothing can escape them, even light." (LiveScience.com)
So, planetary annihilation has been put on low heat for now but I'm going to be keeping tabs on what happens next, that's for sure.
The experiment hopes to answer many questions about the Big Bang Theory that some believe formed our universe, why there is more matter than anti-matter in space and more. Just Google "Hadron Collider" and pick your news source.
One fascinating group of Collider photos can be found on Slashdot.com and I want to share a few here. In case you care to see the face of your new Master.