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Particle Accelerator

World's Supercollider Takes Big Step Forward

Don Lincoln | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, has taken another big step forward in its journey towards exploring new frontiers of knowledge.

World's Supercollider Back on Track

Don Lincoln | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science
Don Lincoln

After a very successful data taking period between 2010 and 2012, the LHC shut down for two years for refurbishment, retrofits and upgrades. These retrofits were completed in late 2014, and expectations were high for a Spring 2015 startup.

Proton Spin Mystery Gains New Clue

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 07.21.2014 | Science

Protons have a constant spin that is an intrinsic particle property like mass or charge. Yet where this spin comes from is such a mystery it’s dubbe...

Future Atom Smashers May Dwarf Today's Biggest

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 02.15.2014 | Science

LONDON — So, physicists have found the Higgs boson. What next? It took three years for the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large ...

EXPLAINED: How Atom Smashers Work

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science

Particle physicists have the coolest job: smashing subatomic particles together at insane speeds to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Atom smas...

Rays of Light

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 09.27.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of July 21, 2013 "There it is!" I cried, over the sound of Kelly Clarkson's singing on the radio, pointing out my window at the white sign gle...

Magnet May Help Unveil Mysterious Particle's Properties

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science

A powerful new magnet to replace existing ones in the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, just passed its first test with flying ...

Peculiar Particle May Be Exotic New Form Of Matter

LiveScience | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science

A new type of particle may have shown up independently at two particle accelerators, physicists say. The particle, made of four quarks (the ingredien...

Mini Black Holes Easier To Create Than Thought, Scientists Say

| Posted 03.12.2013 | Science

By Lizzie Wade Back in 2008, physicists repeatedly assured us that a black hole produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was not going to swallow...

Proof For Elusive Particle Said Oh-So-Close

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.06.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON — Physicists in Italy said Wednesday they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the el...

Space Probe Makes Surprising Discovery Near Saturn

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/26/2013 11:31 AM EST on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted solar particles moving at incredible speeds ne...

Atom Smasher Powers Down

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.15.2013 | Science

It's lights out at the celebrated Large Hadron Collider. The world's most powerful particle accelerator has shut down for a two-year hiatus, CERN offi...

Have Physicists Found The 'God Particle?'

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 09.01.2012 | Science

GENEVA — Physicists say they have all but proven that the "God particle" exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and the only thing left is ...

Chicago Helps Crack Code to the Matter of Life, Doesn't Get Invited to God Particle Party

Roxane Assaf | Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Imagine being part of the discovery of something that potentially cracks the code to the origins of the universe by understanding the structure of matter.

WATCH: What Really Happens Inside The Large Hadron Collider

| George Musser and Rose Eveleth | Posted 04.19.2012 | Science

The Large Hadron Collider is the most expensive and complex scientific experiment ever built. This video shows how the contraption accelerates and sla...

Straight Answers On The 'God Particle'

Posted 01.05.2012 | Science

With all the media coverage of CERN's search for the Higgs Boson—sometimes called the 'God Particle'—it's hard to know what's really at stake. Are...

Experts Weigh In On Discovery That Could Upend Einstein's Theories

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology

GENEVA — The heads of three major physics labs said Thursday they're skeptical a subatomic particle traveled faster than the speed of light. Th...