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MNN's 2010 photos of the year

By: Catie Leary on Dec. 25, 2010, 9:59 a.m.
A unidentified scientist celebrates after viewing the first collision pictures at full power at the CMS experience control room

Photo: ZUMA Press

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CERN's success

A unidentified scientist celebrates after viewing the first collision pictures at full power at the CMS experience control room at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), also known as the Big Bang machine, made history March 30, as the machine smashed together particles at the highest energy reading ever recreated in a laboratory.

The historic collisions — with proton beams being smashed into each other at 3.5 times the previous record speeds — are expected to help scientists understand the nature of the universe.