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Cambridge scientists working on the secrets of the universe

British scientists are working around the clock in Geneva to try to recreate the high energy conditions similar to those at the start of the universe.

The power at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was recently increased and research has just restarted at the site.

Among those working at the world's largest particle accelerator are scientists from the University of Cambridge.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News correspondent David Wood

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Blur star pays tribute to space scientist

Blur star James Credit: PA

Alex James from Blur, who worked with Prof Pillinger on the Beagle 2 project, has paid tribute to the scientist

The Essex musician-turned-farmer helped to finance the space project and the band created the probe's call sign.

"Colin had the rare gift of being able to make things that were complicated and ambitious seem simple and achievable. We need more scientists like that. He was unique, and I will miss him."

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Family: Pillinger death 'devastating and unbelievable'

The family of planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger told the BBC his death was "devastating and unbelievable".

Planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger died today aged 70. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The pioneering scientist, who was best known for the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars, became a professor in interplanetary science at the Open University in 1991.

He also earned a host of other qualifications and numerous awards during his prestigious career.

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