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Section: General News - The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher, has set a record for high-energy collisions. The multibillion dollar LHC has crashed proton beams at energy levels three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator.
After getting off to a rocky start in the fall of 2008, the $10-billion Large Hadron Collider is finally living up to its promise.
Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, hope the LHC will explain what happened in the first split seconds after the Big Bang, the theoretical explosion some scientists believe created the universe nearly 14 billion years ago.…