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LHC News Wrapup

There's been quite a bit of LHC news recently but not much that was post-worthy, just milestones on the way to full power (or at least operational power for the moment).

Collisions only began recently and news had generally been focused on the energy that the LHC reached which is a new "world record" - that is to say that they've circulated protons with a greater energy than the previous most-powerful accelerator (poor Tevatron...) could. But soon afterwards the beams were collided in the detector chambers (you can watch a video of the event here) and not long after that the first paper on LHC physics was published. Now it's time to focus on the detectors and what they're seeing, like the Compact Muon Solenoid symmetry breaking has covered.