London Telegraph
March 30, 2010

Problems with the Large Hadron Collider delayed scientists seeking to collide the first beams of protons in an attempt to learn more about the makeup of the universe and its smallest particles.

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Dubbed the world’s largest scientific experiment, the giant atom smasher holds the promise of revealing details about theoretical particles and microforces, scientists say.

But initial attempts on Tuesday were unsuccessful because problems developed with the beams, said scientists working on the massive machine.

That meant that the protons had to be “dumped” from the collider and new beams had to be injected.

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