In Pictures: 15 amazing tech feats and world records

Not to be outdone by athletes at this summer’s Olympic games, techies have been setting some world records of their own of late.

Smashing success

Most everyone’s heard about the Higgs boson discovery by now, but researchers who made that breakthrough set a world record in their search for the “God particle.” The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has broken its own world record every few years for the most powerful energy accelerator. Using the organization’s Large Hadron Collider, researchers smash particles together inside a 17-mile tube. CERN’s record-setting feat involved accelerating particles up to 4 teraelectronvolts of energy each and crashing them together, creating a combined energy of 8 TeVs, breaking the LHC’s previous record of 7 combined TeVs last year. CERN officials aren’t done yet though. Next they’re shooting for 13 TeVs.

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