The good news is a twofer. First, by smashing together lead ions instead of protons, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have produced a “mini-Big Bang”.
“At these temperatures even protons and neutrons, which make up the nuclei of atoms, melt resulting in a hot dense soup of quarks and gluons known as a quark-gluon plasma.” Quarks and gluons are sub-atomic particles — some of the building blocks of matter. In the state known as quark-gluon plasma, they are freed of their attraction to one another. This plasma is believed to have existed just after the Big Bang.
The other good news is that the universe still exists. Amiright?