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Science  20 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5431, pp. 1196
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5431.1196

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Last month, the Sunday Times of London ran a story speculating that the atom-scale collisions within the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory could create clumps of "strange" matter that might catastrophically transform normal matter into something, well, strange--or make black holes that would suck up the planet. Already unsettled by reports of chemical and radioactive leaks from Brookhaven facilities, Long Island residents feared the worst. Brookhaven officials, stung by past PR debacles, did not dismiss the public fears lightly.