Large Hadron Collider fires up to highest power level ever to search for dark matter

The Large Hadron Collider was re-ignited today (July 5) and is expected to smash particles together at energy levels never seen before.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Located at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, the nearly 17-mile (27 kilometer) loop was launched today after spending four years offline for upgrades. Once these fixes are complete, scientists want to use the gigantic accelerator to smash protons to record energies of up to 13.6 trillion electron-volts (TeV) – an energy level that should increase the chances that the the accelerator produces particles not yet observed by science.

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