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Last month, CERN took the decision to run The Large Hadron Collider for the next eighteen months or so, up to a maximum energy of 3.5 TeV per beam, before having an extended shutdown period to prepare to take it up to its design maximum of 7 TeV per beam.

I am sure this will come as welcome news to many researchers, particularly the many PhD students who have had their student loans accumulating quietly while they have had no results to process.

You can follow all the action on www.twitter.com/cern

P.S. Utterly unrelated to the above, I accidently discovered earlier in the week that if you hit the ‘Windows’ button and the ‘M’ key at the same time on your computer keyboard it minimizes all your windows.  Maybe I was the only person in the world not to have known this, but, in case I’m not, I thought I’d share this essential piece of knowledge with you…