Weasel Causes Large Hadron Collider Partical Accelerator to Shutdown


Cern’s famous particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, has recently gone offline due to a weasel.

When was the last time a tiny furry and curious animal short circuited a partical accelerator? A couple days ago.

Cern reported that the unfortunate event happened when a weasel chewed through a wire on a high-voltage transformer at their Geneva location. The BBC reports:

The LHC was running when a “severe electrical perturbation” occurred in the early hours of Friday morning.
A spokesman for Cern said that the weasel did not get into the tunnels, just the electrical facilities.

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