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Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider

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One of the physics world's most complex machines, designed to discover the world's greatest science mysteries, has been put to halt by a weasel.

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Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage on Thursday night.

The unfortunate animal stood no chance and did not survive the encounter with a high-voltage transformer.

Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days.

Marsollier says Friday that the weasel died—and little remains of it. Officials of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have been gearing up for new data from the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circuit that runs underground on the Swiss-French border.

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