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Energy levels at Large Hadron Collider raised 8 trillion electron volts

Scientists at CERN say the incredible new speeds will improve the prospect of scientific breakthroughs.

Undated handout photo issued by CERN of the Large Hadron Collider Atlas detector under construction
Undated handout photo issued by CERN of the Large Hadron Collider Atlas detector under construction
Image: CERN/PA Archive/Press Association Images

SCIENTISTS AT CERN say the Large Hadron Collider, which is used to crash high-energy beams of protons into each other at incredible speeds, is now able to operate at a record new energy level, improving the prospect of scientific breakthroughs.

Researchers at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) say the €61 billion Large Hadron Collider in a 27-kilometre tunnel under the Swiss-French border at Geneva has begun operating at 8 trillion electron volts, greater than any previous physics accelerator.

Steve Myers, a director of accelerators and technology at CERN, said in a statement that two proton beams were brought into collision at a new world record energy level Thursday.

He says it marks a new round of data collection through the remainder of the year, and “increased discovery potential.”

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