Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, did something gutsy but smart on March 30, writes CNET blogger Stephen Shankland: they revved the Large Hadron Collider up to a new energy level in full public view. Scientific projects by and large are hardly cloaked in secrecy. But the LHC's run was much more exposed than your typical project: Anyone interested could watch the proceedings via webcast, and CERN sent status events over Twitter. "Unfortunately beam 2 was no good...we had to dump it...going for new injection," read one solemn tweet. An hour and half later,...

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