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The highest temperatures produced on earth - a million times hotter than the centre of the sun - have been reached in a series of ''mini Big Bangs'' in the world's most powerful atom smasher.
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva reproduced conditions that existed moments after the creation of the universe by colliding beams of lead ions - lead atoms stripped of their electrons - at close to the speed of light.
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