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  • LHC upgrade to open up 'new realm of particle physics'

    04/03/2013 4:43:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    bbc ^ | 2 April 2013 Last updated at 08:19 ET | Pallab Ghosh
    Engineers have begun a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Their work should double the energy of what's already the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. This will enable researchers here to move on to their ultimate goal: to find evidence of "new physics", which they believe will lead to a new, more compete theory of sub-atomic physics. The discovery of the Higgs last year was the end of a successful chapter of late 20th Century physics. This was the development of the current theory in the 1960s and 70s called the "Standard Model". This theory says...
  • Behind the Higgs: A primer on a long-sought boson

    07/25/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Science News ^ | July 28th, 2012 | Tom Siegfried
    In 1964, physicist Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh proposed that the infant universe (as in, perhaps a trillionth of a second old) experienced... a phase transition. In much the way an iron bar can suddenly become a magnet when cooled below a certain temperature, space itself acquired a new feature. Instead of a magnetic field, space was filled with a new forcelike field -- since named for Higgs. Other physicists worked out similar scenarios at about the same time, and later work showed how the Higgs phase transition could explain the distinct identities of two of nature's basic...
  • Fear of black hole machine triggers threats to researchers

    09/06/2008 1:07:57 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 81 replies · 313+ views
    worldnetdaily ^ | 9/6/08 | Drew Zahn
    Scientists preparing to fire up the world's largest atom smasher are being flooded with phone calls and emails – even death threats – from people worried that the Large Hadron Collider, when activated, will obliterate planet Earth.
  • Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

    07/03/2012 3:00:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 3rd July 2012 09:30 GMT | Bríd-Áine Parnell
    The US particle collider Tevatron has jumped in just ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's results announcement this week to say that their machine has found the "strongest indication to date" of the God particle. The LHC's baby American cousin stopped bashing particles off each other back in March 2001 but the scientists have kept crunching the numbers from the 500 trillion collisions produced to wring the last drops of data out. Today, the boffins said their data "strongly point toward the existence of the Higgs boson" but we're still not there yet. “It is a real cliffhanger," the DZero...
  • Particle physics is at a turning point [ Higgs boson and String Theory ]

    12/17/2011 5:02:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Nature: World View ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Gordon Kane
    ...The properties and mass of the LHC's Higgs boson suggest that physicists will soon find superpartners for particles, and that we have begun to connect string theory to the real world... Physicists thought that a Higgs boson, when discovered, would take this supersymmetric form, so how have we discovered one so apparently identical to the impossible standard-model version? Working out how to interpret this could be a large step towards the underlying broader theory that will extend the standard model. One explanation could come from an unexpected source: string theory or its extension, M-theory. Contrary to what you may have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Hints of Higgs from the Large Hadron Collider

    12/18/2011 8:13:12 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    NASA ^ | December 18, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why do objects have mass? To help find out, Europe's CERN has built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator yet created by humans. Since 2008, the LHC smashed protons into each other with unprecedented impact speeds. The LHC is exploring the leading explanation that mass arises from ordinary particles slogging through an otherwise invisible but pervasive field of virtual Higgs particles. Were high energy colliding particles to create real Higgs bosons, the Higgs mechanism for mass creation will be bolstered. Last week, two LHC groups reported on preliminary indications that the Higgs boson might exist...
  • Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos: OPERA Confirms and Submits Results, But Unease Remains

    11/19/2011 8:49:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 17 November 2011 | Edwin Cartlidge
    New high-precision tests carried out by the OPERA collaboration in Italy broadly confirm its claim, made in September, to have detected neutrinos travelling at faster than the speed of light. The collaboration today submitted its results to a journal, but some members continue to insist that further checks are needed before the result can be considered sound. OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-Tracking Apparatus) measures the properties of neutrinos that are sent through the Earth from the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, and arrive in its detector located under the Gran Sasso mountain in central Italy. On 22 September,...
  • Particle Smasher Hints at Physics Breakthrough

    11/19/2011 9:58:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 17 November 2011 | Jon Cartwright
    Enlarge Image Standing proud. The LHCb experiment has uncovered hints of "new physics," but will its results hold up? Credit: CERN In late 2008, a few onlookers believed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) would bring the end of the world. Three years later, our planet remains intact, but the European particle smasher may have made its first crack in modern physics. If this crack turns out to be real, it might help explain an enduring mystery of the universe: why there's lots of normal matter, but hardly any of the opposite—antimatter. "If it holds up, it's exciting," says...
  • LHC results may solve riddle of how universe can exist

    11/15/2011 9:34:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1+ views
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15th November 2011 15:28 GMT | Lewis Page
    Top boffins at the Large Hadron Collider – mightiest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind ever assembled by humanity – say that they may have uncovered a vital clue explaining one of the greatest mysteries of physics: namely, how is it that matter itself can exist? This is a mystery because the so-called Standard Model of physics calls for ordinary matter and antimatter to decay in very similar ways. Theory also says that equal amounts of antimatter and regular-type matter (such as that making up the Sun, the Earth, all the life upon it including us etc) should have...
  • Watch Large Hadron Collider Collisions with an Android App

    10/12/2011 5:46:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    Network World ^ | 10 October 2011 | Rikki Kite
    If you have a phone or tablet that runs Google Android, you should check out the new LHSee app, released by the University of Oxford and available in the Android Market. Funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, the LHSee app delivers data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN directly to your handheld device. LHSee, released last week and currently in version 1.0, requires Android 2.2 and up and will need full Internet access. The new app is already a hit — it has a 4.5 star rating and 123 reviews in the Android Market. ATLAS is a particle...
  • Scientists Abuzz Over Controversial Rumor that God Particle Has Been Detected

    04/22/2011 9:57:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 4/22/11 | Mike Wall
    A rumor is floating around the physics community that the world's largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle." The controversial rumor is based on what appears to be a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland. It's not entirely clear at this point if the memo is authentic, or what the data it refers to might mean — but the note already has researchers talking. The buzz started when an anonymous commenter recently posted an abstract...
  • Proof of extra dimensions possible next year: CERN

    11/16/2010 5:24:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2010 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height...
  • Large Hadron Collider Creates 'Mini Big Bang' with Lead Ions

    11/08/2010 9:22:04 AM PST · by lbryce · 57 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 8, 2010 | Staff
    The latest experiment at CERN went ahead despite warnings by a group called Heavy Ion Alert that it could trigger a catastrophic chain reaction that might destroy the Earth. The reaction created temperatures a million times hotter than the centre of the Sun, which have not been reached since the first billionths of a second following the Big Bang. This was expected to cause atomic particles such as protons and neutrons to melt, producing a "soup" of matter in a state previously unseen on Earth. Scientists, including British particle physicists, will now study the particles in the hope of...
  • Putting your hand in the Large Hadron Collider...

    09/25/2010 8:07:14 AM PDT · by grjr21 · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 16 2010 | sixtysymbols
    If I put my hand in the Large Hadron Collider what would happen ?
  • Large Hadron Collider: scientists create sound of ‘God particle’

    Sounds set to be made by the subatomic ‘God’ particle at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been simulated by scientists aiming to make the £6bn experiment more accessible. Finding the Higgs boson – also known as the God particle – is the primary aim of the LHC experiment because it will provide an insight into the nature of all matter. It is hoped the subatomic particle will emerge from the 27km circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border where beams of proton particles are being smashed together. LHC Sound, a collaboration of particle physicists, musicians and artists in London, has...
  • A New Clue to Explain Existence

    05/17/2010 10:08:26 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 624+ views
    NY Times ^ | 05/17/10 | Dennis Overbye
    Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, as well as a possible explanation for our own existence.
  • Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future

    04/09/2010 7:02:02 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 44 replies · 2,058+ views
    Crave Cnet ^ | 01 April 2010, 10:33am | Nick Hide
    A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.snip Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. "
  • Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future

    04/05/2010 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Sax · 72 replies · 3,066+ views
    CNET UK ^ | 4/1/2010 | Nick Hide
    A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world. The LHC successfully collided particles at record force earlier this week, a milestone Mr Cole was attempting to disrupt by stopping supplies of Mountain Dew to the experiment's vending machines. He also claimed responsibility for the infamous baguette sabotage in November last year. Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted...
  • Large Hadron Atom Smasher Reaches Near Speed of Light

    03/31/2010 12:41:00 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 90 replies · 1,565+ views
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Daily Galaxy
    Scientists celebrated at the world's biggest atom smasher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva on Tuesday as they started colliding particles at record energy levels mimicking conditions close to the Big Bang, opening a new era in the quest for the secrets of the universe. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said it had unleashed the unprecedented bursts of energy on the third attempt, as beams of protons thrust around the 27-kilometre (16.8-mile) accelerator collided at close to the speed of light. "This is physics in the making, the beginning of a new era, we...
  • The LHC starts regular operations at 7TeV [Black Hole Alert!]

    03/30/2010 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Duke C. · 1 replies · 379+ views
    Mar. 30, 2010 | John Timmer
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  • Collider to begin science quest

    03/29/2010 11:10:45 PM PDT · by Viiksitimali · 15 replies · 1,023+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 30 March 2010
    The Large Hadron Collider is about to start the work that could lead to the discovery of fundamental new physics. Scientists working on the European machine will later attempt to smash beams of proton particles together at unprecedented energies.
  • Geneva atom smasher sets record for beam energy

    03/21/2010 2:58:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 410+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/20/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Operators of the world's largest atom smasher on Friday ramped up their massive machine to three times the energy ever previously achieved, in the run-up to experiments probing the secrets of the universe. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, said beams of protons circulated at 3.5 trillion electron volts in both directions around the 27-kilometer (17-mile) tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border at Geneva. The next major development is expected in a few days when CERN starts colliding the beams in a new round of research to examine the tiniest particles and forces within...
  • Stray Hydrogen Atoms Become Deadly for Starships Traveling at Light Speed

    02/18/2010 1:34:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 60 replies · 1,363+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2/17/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    Science fiction writers may have to rethink how their starship crews survive travel near or beyond the speed of light. Even the occasional hydrogen atom floating in the interstellar void would become a lethal radiation beam that would kill human crews in mere seconds and destroy a spacecraft's electronics, New Scientist reports. Just a few stray wisps of hydrogen gas -- fewer than two hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter on average -- would translate into 7 teraelectron volts for a starship crew traveling at 99.999998 percent of the speed of light. That's as much fun for humans as standing in...
  • Record-breaking collisions (Large Hadron Collider producing more mesons than expected)

    02/05/2010 4:35:52 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 33 replies · 1,040+ views
    MIT News ^ | 2/5/10 | Anne Trafton
    Initial results from high-energy proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider offer first glimpse of physics at new energy frontier.In December, the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, shattered the world record for highest energy particle collisions. This week, team led by researchers from MIT, CERN and the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics in Budapest, Hungary, completed work on the first scientific paper analyzing the results of those collisions. Its findings show that the collisions produced an unexpectedly high number of particles called mesons — a factor that will have to be taken into account...
  • Atom smasher catches 1st high-energy collisions (during Large Haldron Collider test runs)

    12/09/2009 9:07:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 975+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/09 | Alexander G. Higgins - ap
    GENEVA – The world's largest atom smasher has recorded its first high-energy collisions of protons, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Physicists hope those collisions will help them understand suspected phenomena such as dark matter, antimatter and ultimately the creation of the universe billions of years ago, which many theorize occurred as a massive explosion known as the Big Bang. The collisions occurred Tuesday evening as the Large Haldron Collider underwent test runs in preparation for operations next year, said Christine Sutton of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN. Two beams of circulating particles traveling in opposite directions at 1.18...
  • A black future

    12/05/2009 4:26:01 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 82 replies · 1,758+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 12/19/09 | Tom Siegfried
    Shortly after the first of the year (if not already), the Large Hadron Collider — the most powerful particle accelerator ever built — will smash protons together at record energies. If the Earth remains intact, doomsayers will once again have been falsified. Every time they forecast the demise of the planet, those prophets of Earthly annihilation prove themselves no more foresightful than mortgage bankers or phony psychics.
  • Big Bang Experiment To Restart (Saturday morning/Friday Night in U.S.)

    11/19/2009 3:59:03 PM PST · by America2012 · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    Herald de Paris ^ | 11/19/2009 | Wire Sources
    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment could be re-started on Saturday morning at the earliest, officials have said. Engineers are preparing to send a beam of sub-atomic particles all the way round the 27km-long circular tunnel which houses the LHC. The £6bn machine on the French-Swiss border is designed to shed light on fundamental questions about the cosmos. The LHC has been shut down for repairs since an accident in September 2008.
  • Large Hadron Collider ready to restart

    11/17/2009 3:46:41 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 32 replies · 1,291+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/17/2009
    Scientists have repaired the world's largest atom smasher and plan by this weekend to restart the fault-ridden Large Hadron Collider. The 'Big Bang' machine was launched with great fanfare last year before its spectacular failure from a bad electrical connection. This time the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, is taking a cautious approach with the super-sophisticated equipment, said James Gillies, a spokesman. It cost about $10 billion, with contributions from many governments and universities around the world. Scientists expect to send beams of protons around the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circular tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC,...
  • Large Hadron Collider broken by bread dropped by passing bird

    11/06/2009 4:06:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/6/2009 | Tom Chivers
    The 27-kilometer (16.8 mile) LHC suffered serious overheating in several sections after the small piece of baguette landed in a piece of equipment on the surface above the accelerator ring. Dr Mike Lamont, the LHC’s Machine Coordinator, said that a “a bit of baguette”, believed to have been dropped by a bird, caused the superconducting magnets to heat up from 1.9 Kelvin (-271.1C) to around 8 Kelvin (-265C), near the mark where they stop superconducting. The Large Hadron Collider (left) and its arch-nemesis (right) A failure like this, known as a “quench”, can be expected at around 9.6 Kelvin, CERN...
  • Baguette Dropped From Bird's Beak Shuts Down The Large Hadron Collider (Really)

    11/05/2009 4:31:31 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 40 replies · 1,263+ views
    PopSci ^ | 11/05/09 | Stuart Fox
    The Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now, a bird dropping a piece of bread on a section of the accelerator has, according to the Register, shut down the whole operation. The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident,...
  • Al Qaeda’s Nuclear Scientist? The Case of Adlene Hicheur [Hadron Collider terrorist]

    10/30/2009 10:39:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 631+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 10/30/2009 | Raffaello Pantucci
    Amidst much furor, French anti-terrorism judge Christophe Tessier announced that year-old Algerian-French scientist Dr. Adlene Hicheur had been brought up on charges of “association with terrorists” on October 12. Allegedly in contact with al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Dr. Hicheur was arrested with his 25-year old brother (later released) in Vienne, France on October 8 after an 18-month investigation headed by France’s internal security service, the Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur (Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence - DCRI) (Le Monde, October 14). Large Hadron Collider, CERN A scientist involved in the Large Hadron Collider project...
  • Brilliant Physicists Claim the Failure of the Super Collider May Have Been Ordained by God

    10/16/2009 12:34:29 AM PDT · by bogusname · 22 replies · 1,437+ views
    BCN ^ | Oct 16, 2009 | Teresa Neumann
    Two physicists speculate God—or "time agents from the future"—shut it down to keep them from discovering the God Particle. REPORTER'S NOTE: I've come across a lot of quirky articles in publishing intriguing news, but this rates up there with the most odd of all. What is odd, is that two such brilliant scientists would publicly proclaim their hypothesis that God not only exists, but interevened in their scientific endeavors. Wow. Not only that, but the addendum—that it could have been God OR "time agents from the future"—made me wonder. If these men were schooled in the divine supernatural, they may...
  • Could the Large Hadron Collider be held back by its own future?

    10/13/2009 3:53:11 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 55 replies · 2,045+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/13/2009 | Richard Alleyne
    Its discoveries could be so "abhorrent to nature" that they are coming back to stop their own creation. Forget the far-fetched belief that it will create a black hole, two distinguished physicists have gone even further claiming nature itself is stopping the troubled £4.4billion project from getting off the ground. In a theory reminiscent of the time travelling film Back to the Future, the theoretical physicists Holger Nielsen, from Denmark, and Masao Ninomiya, from Japan, have concluded that its discoveries could be so "abhorrent to nature" that they are coming back to stop their own creation. They have outlined their...
  • A Test for Exotic Propulsion?

    10/12/2009 1:33:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 1,025+ views
    Centauri-Dreams ^ | 10/12/09 | Paul Gilster
    Can we calculate the gravitational field of a mass moving close to the speed of light? Franklin Felber (Starmark Inc) believes he can, with implications for propulsion. Back in 2006 we looked briefly at Felber’s work, describing what the physicist believes to be a repulsive gravitational field that emerges from his results. Felber discussed the matter at the Space Technology and Applications International meeting that year, where he presented his calculations of the ‘relativistically exact motion of a payload in the gravitational field of a source moving with constant velocity.’ Above a certain critical velocity, Felber believes, any mass...
  • Giant Particle Collider Struggles

    08/05/2009 1:16:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,354+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 4, 2009 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    The biggest, most expensive physics machine in the world is riddled with thousands of bad electrical connections. Many of the magnets meant to whiz high-energy subatomic particles around a 17-mile underground racetrack have mysteriously lost their ability to operate at high energies. Some physicists are deserting the European project, at least temporarily, to work at a smaller, rival machine across the ocean. After 15 years and $9 billion, and a showy “switch-on” ceremony last September, the Large Hadron Collider, the giant particle accelerator outside Geneva, has to yet collide any particles at all. But soon? This week, scientists and engineers...
  • Big particle collider restart delayed till October

    06/20/2009 10:43:27 AM PDT · by traumer · 13 replies · 744+ views
    GENEVA (AP) — The world's largest atom smasher will likely be fired up again in October after scientists have carried out tests and put in place further safety measures to prevent a repeat of the faults that sidelined the $10 billion machine shortly after startup last year, the operator said Saturday. The Large Hadron Collider was meant to restart in late September, but that will probably be pushed back two to three weeks, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research said. "We're pretty confident about the dates," James Gillies told The Associated Press, adding that scientists believe they...
  • The End of Snide Remarks Against Cold Fusion

    06/05/2009 5:56:08 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 96 replies · 2,393+ views
    PHYSICS ARTICLES DISCUSSION FORUM Fusion and the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) Gravitonics article found HERE. Located near Geneva, close to the border between Switzerland and France, the Large Hadron Collider is the largest particle accelerator in the world at a cost of about 9 billion dollars. It is strange how we love to put all of our eggs in one basket. At the same time 9 billion was spent on the LHC, Dr Bussard could not find a few million for his fusion reactor. Don't get me wrong, the Physicists working at CERN are some of the best in the...
  • Take That LHC: Fermi Scores Again In Discovering Rare Single Top Quark

    03/09/2009 1:02:58 PM PDT · by xcamel · 25 replies · 850+ views
    scientific blogging news ^ | March 9th 2009 01:00 AM | News Staff
    There's no question that employees at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have watched with some concern as the LHC got all the press about being the future of physics despite the fact it hadn't actually produced anything. They have also quietly continued setting world records and are once again reminding people that Fermilab's Tevatron, currently the world's most powerful operating particle accelerator, is actually ahead, even in the race to find the as-yet undefined "Higgs particle." Now scientists of the CDF and DZero collaborations have observed particle collisions that produce single top quarks. The discovery of the single top confirms important...
  • The Particle Reactor That Creates Mini Black Holes - Jurisdiction?

    02/12/2009 9:06:52 AM PST · by iThinkBig · 26 replies · 1,519+ views
    Scientific Concerns ^ | Scientific Concerns Group
    For anyone not initially aware, The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is a particle accelerator located along the French/Swiss Border, being the Largest Man-made machine ever (also the most expensive), it's biggest item for debate has been it's potential risk (even with a low liklihood for such events, catastrophic risk is still there). The risk to Put it mildly ranges anywhere from Miniature Black Hole creation(which broken down comes down to the verity of Hawking Radiation, and estimated accretion rates, both based purely from theory), The creation of matter destroying strange matter with a positive charge, or a myriad of other...
  • 'Doomsday Machine' Reboot Pushed Back to September

    02/10/2009 2:52:53 PM PST · by xcamel · 24 replies · 559+ views
    FOX/ap ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | staff
    GENEVA — Additional safety features being added to the world's largest atom smasher will postpone its startup until the end of September, a year after the $10 billion machine was sidelined by a simple electrical fault, the operator said Tuesday. The cost of the repairs and added safety features has yet to be determined, but it will be covered by the regular budget of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, spokeswoman Christine Sutton said. The 20-nation organization, known as CERN, has said previously that repairs will cost at least 25 million Swiss francs ($21.5 million), but the amount appears to...
  • LHC Might Not Be Back Online Until 2010 or Later (Large Hadron Collider)

    12/01/2008 6:10:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 1,282+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/1/08 | Mark Wilson
    When the LHC first went down, it was believed that repairs could get the system up and running by April 2009. Then we saw repairs pushing the timeline back to summer 2009. But now, CERN has arrived at a fork in the road regarding LHC repairs. According to spokesperson James Gillies, the complicated repairs can be simplified into modest Plan A and Plan B approach. Plan A is a quick and dirty fix, getting the particle accelerator online as quickly as possible (late summer 2009) at the cost of operating at lower power. In this scenario, 3 of 8 pressure...
  • Eight-month delay for LHC [superconducting wire overheated; Helium escape overwhelmed relief valves]

    10/18/2008 2:03:52 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 13 replies · 792+ views
    Nature ^ | October 17, 2008 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Broken magnets at CERN will need to be replaced.M. Brice/CERN Details of last month's accident at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's premier particle accelerator, are emerging -- and confirm that the machine will not restart before late May or early June 2009. Officials at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, say that the time is needed to overhaul a sector of the 27-kilometre-long machine, after an electrical failure on 19 September caused some 6 tonnes of ultra-cold liquid helium to leak into its tunnel. A preliminary report issued on 16 October says that as many as...
  • 'Doomsday Machine' Lawsuit Tossed Out by Judge

    09/29/2008 10:14:51 AM PDT · by cups · 14 replies · 526+ views
    HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii has dismissed a lawsuit trying to stop the world's largest atom smasher. U.S. District Court Judge Helen Gilmor ruled Friday that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, near Geneva. Two Hawaii residents sued because they feared that the machine could create small black holes or other phenomena that could destroy the planet.
  • Winter, repairs stall atom smasher until spring (quasar created?, scientist scared!?)

    09/26/2008 5:42:03 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 14 replies · 1,076+ views
    Associate Press ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS
    GENEVA — Scientists will have to wait until spring to use the world's biggest particle collider for groundbreaking research because repairs to damage will run into the laboratory's normal winter shutdown, the operators said Tuesday. The European Organization for Nuclear Research earlier said an electrical failure Friday, nine days after the collider was first started, released a large amount of liquid helium into the tunnel. Experts have gone into the 17-mile circular tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider to check on damage caused when an electrical connection between two magnets apparently melted, said James Gillies, spokesman for the organization, which...
  • The Origins of the Universe: A Crash Course

    09/12/2008 10:07:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 814+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | BRIAN GREENE
    THREE hundred feet below the outskirts of Geneva lies part of a 17-mile-long tubular track, circling its way across the French border and back again, whose interior is so pristine and whose nearly 10,000 surrounding magnets so frigid, that it’s one of the emptiest and coldest regions of space in the solar system. The track is part of the Large Hadron Collider, a technological marvel built by physicists and engineers, and described alternatively as heralding the next revolution in our understanding of the universe or, less felicitously, as a doomsday machine that may destroy the planet. After more than a...
  • Big Bang: Nightmares and Dreams -- Physicist Michio Kaku discusses the Large Hadron Collider [Video]

    09/11/2008 12:24:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 198+ views
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  • Big Bang Machine' Set to Start Up Wednesday

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    06/22/2008 11:44:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 167+ views
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