CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March

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Posted: Dec 12, 2014 10:41 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.

The world's biggest particle collider, near Geneva, has been undergoing a two-year refit and work is now "in full swing" to start circulating proton beams again in March, with the first collisions due by May, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Friday.

"With this new energy level, the (collider) will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries," CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to seeing what nature has in store for us."

(Reporting by Ben Hirschler Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)