At Last, Collider Gets Atoms Smashing
First proton beams collide in huge contraption
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2009 7:09 PM CST
Part of the Large Hadron Collider is seen in its tunnel at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – For the first time, the world’s largest, most expensive science experiment worked as it was supposed to today, with the Large Hadron Collider sending beams of protons smashing into each other—as envisioned when it first opened in 2008. The 17-mile track underneath the French-Swiss Alps has seen more than its share of fits and starts, and one scientist called today’s development a “great achievement.”