Big Bangs and Black Holes

By Monday, November 15, 2010 , , , , 0

What do you get when you accelerate lead nuclei to (nearly) the speed of light and smash them together head on?

Image kindly reproduced according to the licence at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Universe_expansion2.png

Not quite a black hole, but something very similar to the events just after the big bang (the word ‘just’ doesn’t do us any favours – we mean straight away, very quickly, immediately after, etc) –  and a big mess….

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