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CERN gets ready to smash more protons together
CERN gets ready to smash more protons together

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is once again getting ready to smash protons together, hoping to find evidence of elusive and exotic particles that have never been detected before. The largest and fastest particle accelerator in the world, located in Geneva, will officially start up again in March. When it is turned on, scientists and engineers say the two beams of protons that fly around its 17-mile loop at close to the speed of light will collide with nearly double the energy of the previous run. The collider's first stint of proton smashing led to the discovery of the Higgs boson or Higgs particle -- a long theorized but never before seen subatomic particle. It exists for...