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CERN Gives Higgs Hunters Extra Month to Collect Data

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 2014-2015
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.2014

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After 11 years of banging electrons and positrons together at higher energies than any other machine in the world, CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, had decided to shut down the Large Electron-Positron collider (LEP) and install a new machine, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in its 27-kilometer tunnel. In 2005, the LHC will start bashing protons together at even higher energies. But tantalizing hints of a long-sought fundamental particle have forced CERN managers to grant LEP a month's reprieve.