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The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva will be shut off until spring 2009 while engineers probe a magnet failure.
The incident on 19 September caused a tonne of liquid helium to leak out into the experiment's 27km-long tunnel.
Officials said the time required to fully investigate the problem precluded a re-start before the lab's winter maintenance period.
Originally posted by C.C.Benjamin
No great surprise, really. It's cutting-edge technology, there are bound to be some hitches along the way.