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Setting up the LHC for first use - "It's a bit like firing needles across the Atlantic and getting them to collide half way"

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On Tuesday 30 March, engineers at CERN will make their first attempt to collide beams at an energy of 3.5 trillion electronvolts (TeV) per beam

... so the fun will start :-)

And may the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of those of you coming here just to go on about black holes or the end of the world.

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