Cern's atom-bashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) may not be reopened until the second half of next year, after the accident that shut it down shortly after opening.
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The Collider, designed to potentially tell us what happened during and immediately after the Big Bang suffered an electrical fault last month.
A resulting liquid helium leak caused extensive damage to the Cern system, and since then engineers have been working at the Geneva site on a plan of action to get the Collider up and running again.
However, the initial estimate of a spring 2009 re-opening has now possibly slipped to the second half of the year, according to reports.