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Particle collider malfunction fixed

September 19, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The world's largest particle collider malfunctioned within hours of its launch, but its operator didn't report the problem for a week.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research reported that a 30-ton transformer that cools part of the collider broke, forcing physicists to stop using the atom smasher a day after starting it up.

The faulty transformer has been replaced and the ring in the 17-mile circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border has been cooled back down to near zero on the Kelvin scale -- minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit, the organization said in a statement.

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