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The Large Hadron Collider will undergo an overhaul that will nearly double its power and allow scientists to uncover more secrets about the way our universe works.

It opens up the possibility of solving the riddle of Dark Matter, finding evidence of a far-reaching cosmic concept known as 'supersymmetry', and even discovering signs of extra hidden dimensions that help explain the mystery of gravity.

By the end of the year the giant atom-smashing machine should be ready to boost its particle energy from eight trillion electrovolts, or teraelectronvolts (TeV) to 14 TeV - allowing it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted.

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