Atom smasher catches 1st high-energy collisions

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Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 3:41 PM

GENEVA (AP) — Another step forward for the world's biggest atom smasher.

A spokeswoman says it's recorded its first high-energy collisions of protons.

Scientists hope the collisions will help them understand phenomena such as dark matter, antimatter, and even the creation of the universe.

The collisions occurred yesterday evening as the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland underwent test runs in preparation for operations next year.

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CERN Large Hadron Collider illuminated at night, Geneva, Switzerland, photo

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