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Large Hadron Collider shut down by bird

SWITZERLAND (WKOW) -- The Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, was shut down by a bird.

Apparently, a bird dropped a piece of bread on a section of the accelerator that led to significant over-heating in parts of the accelerator.  The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafe's would have shut down the machine.

The LHC just can't seem to catch a break.  First a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam.  Then the restart was postponed thanks to the addition of some new safety features.

This latest incident will not delay the reactivation of the facility later this month, but exposes another vulnerability of what might be the most complex machine ever built.

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