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Scientists will soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which found the elusive Higgs Boson. They're promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around. After a two-year shutdown and upgrade, Europe's multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider is about to ramp up for its second three-year run. Scientists say if nature cooperates, the more powerful beam crashes will give them a peek into the unseen dark universe. Accelerator director Frederick Bordry says beams should start running through the giant machine later this month with the first high energy crashes probably coming in May. Scientists hope to see all sorts of new physics, including a first ever glimpse of dark matter, which makes up about a quarter of the universe.
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--- The Associated Press