The LHC was disrupted by a ferret

The series of numerous troubles pursuing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the vicinity of Geneva was continued by ... the ferret. Having penetrated a specially protected object, he decided to try a cable connected to a high-voltage transformer (66, 000 volts) for a tooth.

The outcome was quite predictable. According to CERN spokesman Arnaud Marsollier, almost nothing remained of the unfortunate animal. True, the collider also got it. Due to damage to the wiring, the € 4 billion device had to be stopped for several days before the malfunction was completely rectified.

This is not the first such incident. In 2009, the LHC was also shut down, presumably due to a fallen bird that damaged part of the baguette on the compensating condenser.

Recall that the LHC is a giant laboratory that "chases" protons through tunnels 17 miles long at a speed slightly less than the speed of light. Scientists are using the collider to prove the existence of the Higgs boson, also called the "particle of God." With its help, physicists hope to confirm the existence of dark matter.