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Particle hunter Today's Spotlight features an image, taken by M. Scott Brauer, of Markus Klute.

On March 30, 2010, physicists and reporters packed into the two main control rooms at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, waiting for a first signal from the world’s largest particle accelerator.

The underground collider, comprising a 17-mile-long circular tunnel lined with superconducting magnets, was designed to accelerate and smash together subatomic particles at close to the speed of light, in hopes of producing the elusive Higgs boson — the fundamental particle thought to give mass to elementary particles.

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