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Part of the Linac 4 booster at CERN, as seen on May 9 in Meyrin, near Geneva. The booster will allow the LHC to reach higher luminosity in the next few years. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images 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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The Control Centre of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Prevessin near Geneva. The LHC has been turned on for the first time after two years of upgrades. Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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