Large Hadron Collider

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US Atom Smasher Shutting Down After Decades

Fermilab's Tevatron has been eclipsed by the Large Hadron Collider

(Newser) - Long before we feared the Large Hadron Collider would kill us all , the US boasted the world’s leading particle collider—and now, after 25 years, Fermilab’s Tevatron is being shut down. The machine’s biggest achievement was the discovery of the top quark, a subatomic particle that was...

Two Labs Close In on 'God Particle'

CERN, Fermilab find 'bumps' in data that could be Higgs boson particle

(Newser) - Science teams in both Europe and America are reporting promising new data in the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson particle —the so-called "God particle" believed to give mass to matter that remains the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of physics that has not yet been...

CERN Quashes ‘God Particle’ Rumors

Leaked memo just one of many, atom-smashers say

(Newser) - The atom-smashers at CERN have quelled rumors that the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" has been found. A leaked internal memo that suggested detectors at the Large Hadron Collider had found signs of the particle caused excitement when it was posted on a science blog, but CERN says nothing...

Scientists: We'll Find 'God Particle' by End of 2012

Machine to stay running longer than planned

(Newser) - Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider think they'll probably prove the existence of the Higgs Boson, or “ God Particle ,” within two years—and that if they can’t, it likely doesn’t exist. The machine was supposed to be shut down at year’s end, but it's been...

Collider Scientists Launch 'Mini Big Bang'

Experiment generates highest temperatures ever achieved

(Newser) - Scientists have used the Large Hadron Collider to smash together lead ions and create a "mini Big Bang" for the first time. The ions collided at close to the speed of light, creating temperatures a million times hotter than the heart of the sun. The "soup" of subatomic...

'God Particle' Buzz at Fermilab
 'God Particle' Buzz at Fermilab 

'God Particle' Buzz at Fermilab

Elusive Higgs boson signal would confirm particle physics model

(Newser) - Take that, Large Hadron Collider: Just as the particle accelerator at the Fermi national lab in Illinois was about to be retired in favor of the bigger LHC, rumor has it that the Fermi accelerator, the Tevatron, has found the long-sought Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle....

Collider Smashes Its Smash Record

But it's still slower than Fermilab

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider has just achieved its highest particle collision rate ever, bringing it a step closer to the major discoveries scientists have long hoped it would produce. The collider is now smashing together 10,000 particles per second, or roughly double its previous best, the BBC reports. That’...

Scientists Find Music in 'God Particle'

LHC data used to mimic sound of Higgs boson collision

(Newser) - Scientists searching for the elusive Higgs boson "God particle" have devised a way to listen for it. Data from the Large Hadron Collider have been used to predict the sounds that will be made by sub-atomic particles like the Higgs as they collide. The results are surprisingly melodic, a...

'God Particle' Might Really Be 5 God Particles

Fermilab experiment produces results standard physics can't explain

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider scientists searching for the Higgs boson "God particle" that explains the mysteries of the universe should be looking for five different particles, according to their rival atom-smashers in the US. Fermilab researchers in Illinois colliding protons and anti-protons found that the smashes yielded matter particles...

Weird Facts About the Hadron Collider

It's both unimaginably hot and unimaginably cold

(Newser) - Now that the Large Hadron Collider is up and running again, Ross Bonander of AskMen unearths 5 scientific tidbits:
  • It's really, really cold: The system's magnets are cooled to -456°F, a bit chillier than deep outer space.
  • It's really, really hot: After those magnets do their stuff, the resulting

Large Hadron Collider Gets Closer to Mini-Big Bang

Proton collision shatters record as scientists cheer

(Newser) - The world's largest atom smasher conducted its first experiments at conditions nearing those after the Big Bang today, breaking its own record for high-energy collisions with proton beams crashing into each other at three times more force than ever before. In a milestone for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider's...

Large Hadron Collider Closing Down for a Year

Atom-smasher needs months of work to run at full capacity

(Newser) - The glitch-plagued Large Hadron Collider will be closing down for a year at the end of 2011 to fix flaws in its construction. The atom-smasher restarted recently after being out of commission for 14 months and will soon accelerate protons to energies of 7 trillion electron volts. It will take...

Collider Must Produce 'Eureka Moments'
 Collider Must Produce 
 'Eureka Moments' 

Collider Must Produce 'Eureka Moments'

If not, particle physics hits a brick wall

(Newser) - With the Large Hadron Collider getting back into action, Kurt Andersen travels to the French-Swiss border to examine the potentially "paradigm-shifting" consequences. Or at least, physicists hope it will shift some paradigms. "If this new collider doesn’t produce groundbreaking discoveries, particle physics will have reached a dead...

At Last, Collider Gets Atoms Smashing

First proton beams collide in huge contraption

(Newser) - For the first time, the world’s largest, most expensive science experiment worked as it was supposed to today, with the Large Hadron Collider sending beams of protons smashing into each other—as envisioned when it first opened in 2008. The 17-mile track underneath the French-Swiss Alps has seen more...

Hadron Collider Restarts Briefly

After 14 months of repairs, proton beams circulate

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider roared to life today for the first time since September 2008. "The first tests of injecting subatomic particles" took just a fraction of a second, a CERN rep said, but the circulation of the proton beams confirmed that the repairs instituted 9 days after the...

Physicists: Bird From the Future Damaged Collider

Theory says the universe is sabotaging the big experiment

(Newser) - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is having a tough time getting on its feet—construction delays, birds, etc.—but now two physicists have a novel theory about why: The experiment is so “abhorrent” to God, or nature, that the universe is conspiring to sabotage it. When scientists get...

Breadcrumb Latest Speed Bump for Collider

 Breadcrumb Latest 
 Speed Bump 
 for Collider 

Breadcrumb Latest Speed Bump for Collider

$8B science project sidetracked by 'bit of baguette'

(Newser) - The enormous science project buried beneath the France-Switzerland border has seen all kinds of detours in its search for the so-called “God particle”—busted vacuum tubes, al-Qaeda moles—so the latest might not be a huge surprise: A piece of bread dropped by a bird onto an outdoor...

'God Machine' Warming Up for 2nd Startup in Dec.

Large Hadron Collider is ready to roll after a year of repairs

(Newser) - The Large Hadron Collider is ready to start smashing particles together again, equipment, the laws of nature, and the Almighty permitting. The $9 billion particle accelerator has been fully repaired after a short circuit put it out of action for more than a year, and should be ready to roll...

Hadron Collider Physicist Admits He Was Al-Qaeda Mole

Standford University Ph.D. was about to mount attack: officials

(Newser) - A top-level nuclear physicist working on the Hadron Collider has admitted being an Al-Qaeda spy, French officials are reporting. Adlène Hicheur, 32, is expected to be charged today after investigators discovered he suggested targets to the terror organization, reports the Independent. French officials believe the Stanford University Ph.D....

Nuclear Scientist Arrested for Alleged al-Qaeda Ties

CERN says researcher didn't work on dangerous projects

(Newser) - French authorities have arrested a researcher working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on suspicion that he has been in contact with al-Qaeda. Police say they believe the 32-year-old and his brother contacted people linked to the terror group online, and they had been planning an attack in...

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