Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider or LHC made news back in 2008 for being the most powerful particle accelerator ever made. The purpose of the LHC is to collide particles together to try and recreate the conditions that occurred seconds after the big bang. The Biggest experiment to date on the LHC has been to detect the Higgs Boson particle or "God" particle.
It gained further popularity when it was warned that turning on and using such a big collider would create a blackhole that would swallow the Earth destroying it is seconds. These worries where quieted once the LHC was turned on and the earth wasn't destroyed.
This really resonated with me to find out that we as a people were still trying bigger and bigger experiments to try and understand the world around us. Before the news of the world being swallowed I had no idea such a giant experiment was being undertaken.