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    Marten Shuts Down Large Hadron Collider – CERN Report

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    A beech marten has shut down the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva in Switzerland, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said in a weekly report released Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The fouine appears to have found its way into an LHC transformer where it gnawed through the wiring, causing a "severe electrical perturbation."

    "Short circuit caused by fouine on 66kV transformer… Transformer connections damaged," CERN’s report announced.

    The world’s largest particle smasher went offline at around 5:30 a.m. local time (03:30 GMT) and is still being repaired. The unfortunate marten did not survive the electric shock.

    "Not the best week for LHC!" the CERN report admitted. Earlier, it suffered a vacuum leak at the second-largest machine in the accelerator, which caused several particle beams to stop, as well as a glitch at some of the magnets.

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