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Fire closes world's longest particle accelerator at Stanford
Fire closes world's longest particle accelerator at Stanford

The world's longest particle accelerator, at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been shut down due to damage from an overnight fire. A small fire that ignited Wednesday inside an electronic cabinet forced the closure of the two-mile-long accelerator, which is designed to study subatomic particles by accelerating electrons to "nearly the speed of light." "We are hoping to have the accelerator back up and running soon," the laboratory's' spokesman Andrew Gordon said. The extent of the damage, he said, was still not known. Two facilities that rely on the accelerator for the study of atoms and molecules have also been closed. One of those facilities takes...

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