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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Largest Particle Collider Conducts Successful Test

The world's largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test without incident. The world as we know it didn’t end. No explosions. No black holes opened on the surface of the planet and no aliens popped out. Damn.

After a series of trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen at 10:36 a.m. (0836 GMT) indicating that the protons had traveled the full length of the US$3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider. "There it is," project leader Lyn Evans said when the beam completed its lap.

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