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The Large Hadron Collider Broke A Record By Smashing Protons Harder Than Ever

29/05/2015 12:56 BST | Updated 29/05/2015 12:59 BST

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has broken a world record again by smashing two beams of protons together at a total energy of 13 teraelectronvolts -- the highest particle collisions to date.

The record was broken as engineers exploring the mysteries of dark matter tried a series of experiments after the LHC was restarted in April following its two-year long upgrade.

the large hadron collider

What the latest record proves is that the machine can withstand energy levels twice as high as what it endured when the Higgs boson, the 'God Particle', was discovered.

The higher energy collisions will allow scientists to explore a theory called supersymmetry which suggests that every particle in the standard model of particle physics has a heavier superpartner.

The flip side to all this great research is that LHC's record breaking success could also contribute to ending the world sooner.

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Professor Stephen Hawking famously suggested that the Higgs may one day become 'metastable' and destroy the universe. Oh good.

He warned: The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV).

'This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light.

'This could happen at any time and we wouldn't see it coming.

So maybe hold off getting excited just yet.