Tiny Black Holes Everywhere?

The pace of science never ceases to amaze me. That we have moved from candles and horse drawn carriages to space exploration and nuclear energy in a matter of less than a century is amazing enough, but it seems the potential for discovery and progress continues to explode at exponential rates. This latest article from Popular Science, which admittedly, has more science fiction than science fact on its pages, suggests that the tools for studying quantum realities in a regular old laboratory are getting smaller and more accessible. The concept of a desktop particle accelerator, which would allow scientists to use high-powered lasers to smash particles together in fractions of the distance needed in such monstrosities as the Large Hadron Collider, which recently made the news for the small percent chance that it might open up a black hole that could potentially swallow our solar system. Does this mean that we are on the verge of a black hole revolution? In a few years time will any adjunct professor at a community college be able to shred the confines of our quantum reality and tear the fabric of space itself? Let’s hope so.