Posts Tagged ‘LHC’

Higgs Boson Found: Searching for an Elusive Particle – Collision Course

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Higgs Boson Found NYT Video

It was the longest, most costly manhunt in science for an elusive particle that was said to be key to the workings of the universe. For a generation of physicists, it was an appointment with history.

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Large Hadron Collider Exhibition – Scottish Parliament

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A travelling exhibition showcasing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest science experiment, featuring a life-size “walk-in” replica of the machine itself, as well as numerous exhibits that explain the science behind the project.

CERN In 3 Minutes

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

CERN In 3 Minutes

A guardian angel protecting magnets

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The LHC is ready to restart, and in order to prevent future problems, our engineers developed a “Quench Protection System” (QPS), which can detect anomalies and safely stop the accelerator protecting its magnets.

Eyewitness to the CERN Experiments

Friday, December 11th, 2009

In late November, the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva had its first successful test since scaring the world when the on switch was flipped back in September 2008. Contrary to doomsday predictions, collisions of proton beams in the LHC at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), an international physics research center also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have not caused the end of the world. They have caused a stir among physicists, many of whom would consider Jeremy a very lucky doctoral student; he has been working at CERN since July 2008, and has witnessed the switching on, switching off, and switching back on of the LHC.

The LHC is back… with collisions!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The LHC is now functioning perfectly with two beams colliding at low energy (450Gev). Proton-proton collisions have been detected by all experiments.

Particles are back in the LHC!

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Last weekend (23-25 October) particles once again entered the LHC after the one-year interruption following the incident of September 2008.

CMS goes cosmic!

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The CMS experiment tests their detector, featuring the World’s most powerful solenoid magnet, using cosmic rays.

Science and Fiction: Flashforward

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Robert Sawyer’s novel FlashForward is currently being transformed into a big budget ABC TV series. Sawyer’s story follows a research team using the particle accelerator at CERN in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle. But instead of finding the Higgs, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by twenty-one years.

The real science behind Flashforward

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The ALICE experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the setting for a high-energy physics event that triggers world-wide havoc in the science-fiction novel Flashforward, by Robert J. Sawyer. The novel is the basis for a new ABC action-adventure series, “FlashForward,” which premiers September 24.