Atom smasher ramps up collisions before year end

A view of the magnet core of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet (CMS, Compact Muon Solenoid) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini) (Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

December 14, 2009 8:24:07 AM PST
The world's largest atom smasher produced 50,000 proton collisions at the highest energy level ever recorded, the operators said Monday.