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This stone marten knocked out power to the $7 billion Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in November 2016 when it touched a 18,000-volt transformer. Natural History Museum Rotterdam hide caption

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Jeffery Hangst's ALPHA research at CERN, which is Europe's premier particle physics laboratory and is located near Geneva, is devoted to studying antimatter. CERN hide caption

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Scientists Blast Antimatter Atoms With A Laser For The First Time

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The Joint European Torus, a European fusion project in the U.K., gets most of its funding from the EU. Brexit may change that, and the even larger ITER fusion project. EUROfusion hide caption

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The Large Hadron Collider uses superconducting magnets to smash sub-atomic particles together at enormous energies. CERN hide caption

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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

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High-energy physics in action: an image of an event in CERN's CMS detector during the search for the Higgs boson. CERN hide caption

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If you know the signs to look for, it becomes clear that the Earth itself is breathing. Reto Stockli/Alan Nelson/Fritz Hasler/NASA hide caption

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Don't panic! The end of the Universe (as we know it) isn't likely to hit us for billions of years, if it comes at all. Pictured: the Milky Way rises above the ESO's ALMA facility in Chile. José Francisco Salgado/ESO hide caption

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A visualization of proton-proton collision events recorded by the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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