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LHC sets new energy record

A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), marking a turning point for the team operating the world's biggest scientific instrument.

Scientists achieved test collisions between protons - the "hearts" of atoms - at 13 tera-electron volts (TeV) for the first time.

With the ability to tap into higher energy, the scientists hope to explore realms of "new physics" that could yield evidence of hidden extra dimensions and dark matter.