THERE’S about ten minutes before they fire up the Large Hadron Collider over in Switzerland and, if the media is to be believed, the world is sucked into the resulting black hole. So here it is, my final post, so long and thanks for all the…

Hold on, could this be another case of the papers blowing the risks up beyond all proportion to make a good story?

Of course it is, but what a story. It’s the main topic of conversation in this office and, quite frankly, a mid-week black hole seems like a pleasant distraction compared to another two days in work.

I’m not going to go into the details of the experiment here. There are far brighter people already doing that at the BBC and they’ve got a really good mini site dedicated to the experiment. Suffice to say, the search for the Higgs particle could be over and our understanding of the universe could be in for a quantum leap.

Also check out a documentary by the wonderfully smiley scientist Brian Cox about the whole thing, you can probably still catch on iPlayer.

So good luck, finger crosses. Really, what can go wrong with a guy from Aberdare in charge?