“the hunt begins for dark matter, new forces, new dimensions and the Higgs boson”

As it turned out the Irish Times’ Dick Ahlstrom was a tad optimistic. About the time, not the end of the world… And, despite the Guardian’s live-blogging Ian Sample’s tongue-in-cheek concern that the early glitches today were due to “the Higgs particle wooing its way back in time and jinxing the machine”, again, at approximately 1300 Central European Summer Time [12pm local] the beams of protons in the Large Hadron Collider at Cern were stabilised and fully aligned and the collisions began at a combined energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (TeV). Within the hour they were already discussing the initial results online. And they’ll be there until 5.15pm. At some point we might find out what the rest of the universe is made of…