LHC gets with kabelknagende weasel back to handle adversity

May

1

2016

The Large Hadron Collider is after a series of repairs and upgrades already working almost a year to collide particles together at high speed. But now the particle accelerator has recently come to be silent again. The reason? A weasel has gnawed on a power cable.

According to CERN spokesman Arnaud Marsollier went offline after the LHC Friday there was a problem with the power supply, so said he to NPR. After going was soon found the reason for the problems the engineers at research trip. In one of the cables was clear the charred little body of a small animal ‘found. Further investigation revealed that it is likely to deal a weasel, it became also possible that it was a marten. Further research into the identity of the animal is understandably not performed.

CERN, that the LHC has a budget of around 7.5 billion euros, was about to gather more data around the Higgs boson discovered in 2012, when the weasel hit its stroke. By repair work, the experiments should therefore be postponed for a while. Although there are only a few days are needed to replace the hardware, it may take weeks for the particle accelerator can again operate at full power.

More often faced with problems around the CERN particle accelerator. So went the LHC last year briefly offline by a piece of flying metal. However, the spokesman did even more remarkable stories; so would have dropped a piece of baguette on a major electrical component a bird in 2009. Thereby suggested employees of CERN which often prevent similar incidents with birds.

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