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Large Hadron Collider earns its living

Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, built at a cost of some $10 billion, is now officially the biggest and best thing since sliced bread when it comes to exploring the earliest beginnings of the universe. By smashing protons together at near-light speed, the 27km steel doughnut beneath the Swiss-French border has now reached energies of 1.2 trillion electron volts, which means that the sub-atomic particles given off by the high-speed collisions replicate conditions during the earliest moments of the Big Bang. Until now, the American Tevatron accelerator in Illinois held top spot for this kind of physics. But as they say, records are there to be broken. Congratulations all round. Read more: The New York Times

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