Cord-munching weasel temporarily knocks the LHC offline

Reuters

Just weeks after coming online from a series of crucial upgrades, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was knocked back offline overnight after a weasel (potentially a Marten) chomped through the wrong power cable. “We had electrical problems, and we are pretty sure this was caused by a small animal,” CERN spokesman, Arnaud Marsollier, told NPR.

CERN figures that repairs to the system should take a few days to complete and the machine should be ready for atom smashing by mid-May. The weasel, however, lost its battle against voltage. Engineers investigating the outage discovered its crispy-cooked corpse at the scene of the incident.

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