The world's largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades.
The world's top particle physics lab known as CERN says the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider is in a cool-down phase and is on track to resume early next year at double the energy level it used to have.
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During its first run, the European Organization for Nuclear Research's particle accelerator on the Swiss-French border near Geneva was used to discover a long-theorized subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, without which particles wouldn't hold together — and there would be no matter.
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a statement Monday the collider is "effectively a new machine, poised to set us on the path to new discoveries."