The Large Hadron Collider Has Found a New Particle Unlike Any Other Form of Matter

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider continue to search for new particles—- and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter. Read More >>

You Can Now Explore the Large Hadron Collider on Street View

Google Street View is a great way to explore parts of the world you've never visited. And thanks to Google's European team, it's now one of the easiest ways to explore a facility you're not exactly allowed to just stroll through whenever you want. Google's panoramic cameras were given access to CERN's Large Hadron Collider, letting anyone poke around the gigantic machinery and the facility's endless network of tunnels. Read More >>

Inside CERN's Massive Computer Centre

Given how much data the scientists at CERN have to crunch through, it's not surprising that it take its computing power seriously. This video takes a look inside the massive computer centre that allows the magic to happen. Read More >>

What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator

Exhibit A: Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, a Russian scientist who has the distinction of being the only person to ever stick his head in a running particle accelerator. Shockingly, he also managed to survive the ordeal and, all things considered, came out without too much damage. Read More >>

Particle Accelerators 101: If Only Every School Lesson Was Animated

Are you still scratching your head over what a particle accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider actually does? Don't feel bad, the LHC is the most complicated piece of scientific equipment mankind has ever built. And unless you're a physicist, you'll probably never understand its intricacies. But if you're curious, take a few minutes to watch this animated Particle Accelerator 101 by Don Lincoln. You won't be applying for a job at CERN afterwards, but you should at least get the gist of what's going on at the LHC. [YouTube via Geekosystem] Read More >>

CERN Explains Why the LHC Has to Go Bye-Bye For the Next Two Years

Science fans around the world were saddened when CERN announced its Large Hadron Collider would be shutting down for almost two years worth of repairs and upgrades. But as this video explains: that's ok. Because when the LHC is powered up again in 2015, it will finally be able to run at full capacity. Read More >>

New Particle "Looking More and More Like a Higgs Boson"

Last July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly believed to be the Higgs Boson — but quirks in the data suggested that might not be the case. Now, though, CERN has announced that the observed particle is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson." Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Just Started Its Two-Year Holiday

The Large Hadron Collider has been pretty busy lately, probably discovering the Higgs Boson, and definitely not destroying the world and whatnot. It's probably earned a little time off, right? You bet it has, which is why it's going down for a two-year nap. Read More >>

LHC Particle Soup Is the Hottest Thing Mankind Ever Made

Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider say they just temporarily created the hottest man-made temperature by colliding two lead ions. Read More >>

The Higgs Boson Discovery Just Got More Certain

At the start of July, scientists announced that they'd discovered what they strongly believed to be the Higgs Boson, a particle that's believed to be the key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. Now, after a handful more experiments, they're even more certain that they've finally got it. Read More >>

How the Higgs Discovery Lost Stephen Hawking £65

The discovery of the Higgs boson is kind of a big deal. Stephen Hawking certainly thinks so: he says it should net Peter Higgs, the scientists after which the particle is named, a Nobel prize. But it's not all good news, because the result has lost him £65. Read More >>

Atom Crash Produces Hottest Man-Made Temperature Ever

An atom-smasher called the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has just snagged a Guinness World Record for reaching the hottest man-made temperature ever—250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun. Read More >>

The LHC Is So Sensitive It's Affected By the Moon

The Large Hadron Collider is a beacon of all that's great about science and engineering — but that doesn't mean it always works properly. In fact, the facility is so sensitive that even the moon's gravitational pull affects how well it operates. Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Throws Away More Data Than It Stores

You'd think that with a price tag of billions of pounds the LHC would have more storage capacity than it could ever use. But with the machine producing a petabyte of data every second, the researchers simply can't store it all. Read More >>

What Would Happen If You Put Your Hand in the LHC's Beam?

A while back, Sixty Symbols asked a bunch of physicists what they thought would happen if you were to place your hand in the particle beam at the LHC and... none of them knew. Now they've done some digging, and found out. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About the Higgs Boson in Under Eight Minutes

The Higgs Boson is kind of a big deal. If it does exist, it could provide a key to unifying the standard and quantum models of physics. But what is a Higgs Boson, what does it do, and how does it work? With the help of this animated short, UCI physics professor Daniel Whiteson breaks down the basics of this mysterious particle (or is it a field?) in a way even your parents can understand. [Vimeo via Open Culture] Read More >>


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