Particle physicists were jubilant yesterday after the long-awaited startup of a mega-machine passed its first tests with flying colors. Two beams of protons sped around a 17 mile track toward a collision designed to help scientists learn about the essential makeup of the universe.
Cheers, applause and the pop of a champagne cork marked the historic moment in Geneva, as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) turned on the switch that will lead to an expansion of human knowledge. (Read text below the video)
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