Pop! goes the Large Hadron Collider—and the weasel

In an unfortunate incident for all, Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was taken offline last night by a weasel chewing on a 66,000-volt transformer, NPR reports. The animal died from the shock, but not before cutting power to the $7 billion particle collider just as it was gearing up to collect more data on the Higgs boson. Repairs will take a few days, but warming up the machine may take up to 2 weeks. This isn’t CERN’s (the European laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland) first encounter with pesky wildlife—power was cut to the LHC in 2009 by a bird that dropped a baguette onto electrical equipment.

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