CERN set to test bounds of physicsCERN is set to test the very bounds of physis according to a new report from the Japan Times. Europe’s physics lab CERN said March 12 that it had begun tests in preparation for rebooting the world’s biggest particle collider and trying to uncover new particles that could alter our understanding of the universe. “We are really excited, because we are entering a new phase,” CERN Director General Rolf Heuer told reporters in Geneva. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider went offline in February 2013 for a massive overhaul after identifying what is believed to be the Higgs boson, the long-sought maker of mass theorized in the 1960s. The giant lab, housed in a 27-km tunnel straddling the French-Swiss border, flushed out the so-called “God particle” by crashing proton beams at velocities near the speed of light. Now, after nearly doubling energy levels possible in the collider, CERN scientists have their sights set on finding exotic new particles in a previously-inaccessible realm. Frederick Bordry, CERN director for accelerators and technology, said that proton beams were injected into the LHC, especially to test transfer lines. FULL REPORT