Dark matter might continue to elude researchers, but one mysterious ‘force’ has just been scratched off the list. Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider confirm the existence of The Force.

Ok, this is one of the better April Fools’ jokes to hit the web today.

“Very impressive, this result is,” said the little green spokesperson for the laboratory.

“The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers,” said CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

CERN says they don’t quite know what’s causing The Force. They discovered it after firing up the upgraded LHC for the first time.

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That’s not stopping researchers from diving head first into using it. “Practical applications so far include long-distance communication, influencing minds, and lifting heavy things out of swamps,” reads a CERN press release.

The April Fools’ joke has Star Wars references littered throughout. From R2 droids to TIE fighters. A dark matter research, ‘Dave Vader,’ also makes his thoughts known about the discovery. He was “unimpressed, breathing heavily in disgust throughout the press conference announcing the results, and dismissing the cosmological implications of the Force with the quip “Asteroids do not concern me”.”

Damn you CERN. You’re just making the wait for Star Wars harder. As for Star Wars, fans will want to keep an eye on the Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. It starts on April 16 and lasts until April 19. I’m pumped to get our first look of Star Wars: Battlefront.

Real Large Hadron Collider News

Unfortunately, The Force wasn’t discovered. In real news, engineers have fixed the problem that delayed the start of the Large Hadron Collider. A short circuit threw a wrench into LHC’s planned restart. As CERN officials prepared the magnets for the upgraded beam energy, a metal fragment got stuck in the connection. This created a short circuit and prevented the magnet and diode from operating correctly.

A current of nearly 400 amps was sent into the diode circuit for a couple of milliseconds and melted the small piece of metal.

Over the next few days, engineers will test the area where the short circuit occurred. “The largest collider in the word should be ready for beam in a few days’ time,” CERN said in a statement.

Watch the video below to learn more about the upgrades made to the Large Hadron Collider over the past year.


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