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CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'

GENEVA (AP) — Two years after finding the elusive Higgs boson "God particle," physicists now know a little bit more about how…

  • Google Foobar: How searching the web earned a software graduate a job at Go …
    Google Foobar: How searching the web earned a software graduate a job at Go … Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Google uses a secret web tool called foo.bar to recruit new employees based on what they search for online. Specific searches relating to coding and software development prompt Google to ask the user if they are "up for a challenge" in a system which recently landed a college graduate a job at the company. Three months ago, computer science graduate Max Rosett felt he wasn't ready to apply for a job at Google and lacked the confidence to apply for a full-time software role. More »

  • NASA Denies Claims A Huge Asteroid Is About To Hit Earth
    NASA Denies Claims A Huge Asteroid Is About To Hit Earth Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Conspiracy theorists believe a ‘dinosaur killer’ is on the way More »

  • The 11 Craziest Space Conspiracy Theories Explained
    The 11 Craziest Space Conspiracy Theories Explained Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Is NASA really planning to build a second sun? More »

  • How will the universe end? Top theories about the ultimate fate of the cosm …
    How will the universe end? Top theories about the ultimate fate of the cosm … Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    A recent study found the universe is slowly dying, with scientists from International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia finding that the energy produced in some parts of the universe is half of what it was two billion years ago. Study author Simon Driver said: "The universe will decline from here on in, sliding gently into old age. Here are the top theories about the ultimate fate of the universe. More »

  • Scientists Working On Shield To Protect Astronauts From Cosmic Radiation For …
    Scientists Working On Shield To Protect Astronauts From Cosmic Radiation For … Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Scientists are collaborating to produce a magnetic shield that will protect astronauts from cosmic rays during deep space missions, getting humans one step closer to Mars. More »

  • Mini black holes from LHC are not going to bring about the collapse of the  …
    Mini black holes from LHC are not going to bring about the collapse of the  … Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Mini black holes are not going to result in the apocalypse by triggering the collapse of the universe, a scientist has said following recent reports that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could set off a chain reaction resulting in the End of Days. Writing in Science magazine, Adrian Cho – who has a Ph.D in experimental particle physics – was referring to a recent paper that said technically, mini black holes could cause the universe to collapse. Physicists know empty space contains a Higgs field made of Higgs bosons in the vacuum. More »

  • Is The World Going To End In September? YouTube Thinks So
    Is The World Going To End In September? YouTube Thinks So Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The Large Hadron Collider may bring about global demise More »

  • Cern developing 'mini LHC' particle accelerator to treat cancer
    Cern developing 'mini LHC' particle accelerator to treat cancer Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Cern is developing a "mini Large Hadron Collider" to treat cancer through high-intensity beams produced by the 2m-long machine. The miniature linear accelerator (mini-Linac) will consist of four modules, all 50cm long. The miniature particle accelerator is a radiofrequency quadrupole (RFQ) which is a component at the start of all proton accelerator chains and is designed to produce high-intensity beams. More »

  • Moon Base Would Be Cheap with Help from Private Industry: Report
    Moon Base Would Be Cheap with Help from Private Industry: Report Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The dream of sending humans back to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion — only about 10 percent of one previous cost estimate — as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows. In 2005, NASA estimated that returning humans to the moon would cost $100 billion (approximately $122 billion in today's dollars). That's not all: 10 to 12 years after that first commercial moon trip, NASA could develop a permanent base on the moon for about $40 billion in today's dollars, the report said. More »

  • New blow for 'supersymmetry' physics theory
    New blow for 'supersymmetry' physics theory Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    In a new blow for the futuristic "supersymmetry" theory of the universe's basic anatomy, experts reported fresh evidence Monday of subatomic activity consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics. More »

  • Dark Pion Particles May Explain Universe's Invisible Matter Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Dark matter is the mysterious stuff that cosmologists think makes up some 85 percent of all the matter in the universe. A new theory says dark matter might resemble a known particle. If true, that would open up a window onto an invisible, dark matter version of physics. More »

  • Professor Peter Higgs awarded Copley Medal by Royal Society
    Professor Peter Higgs awarded Copley Medal by Royal Society Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Professor Peter Higgs has been awarded what is believed to be the world's oldest scientific prize. More »

  • Ghostly Particle with No Mass Finally Created in the Lab
    Ghostly Particle with No Mass Finally Created in the Lab Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The mysterious particle, called a Weyl fermion, emerged from a crystal of a material called a semi-metal. By bombarding the crystal with photons, the team produced a stream of electrons that collectively behaved like the elusive subatomic particles. The new discovery not only sheds light on the behavior of one of the most elusive fundamental particles, it could pave the way for ultra-low-power electronics, said study co-author Su-Yang Xu, a physicist at Princeton University in New Jersey. More »

  • Elusive New Pentaquark Particle Discovered After 50-Year Hunt
    Elusive New Pentaquark Particle Discovered After 50-Year Hunt Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher, have found proof of the existence of the pentaquark, an elusive subatomic particle that was first proposed to exist more than 50 years ago. "The pentaquark is not just any new particle," Guy Wilkinson, a spokesperson for the LHC experiment that discovered the pentaquark, said in a statement. "It represents a way to aggregate quarks, namely the fundamental constituents of ordinary protons and neutrons, in a pattern that has never been observed before in over 50 years of experimental searches. More »

  • Scientists discover new kind of particle: the pentaquark
    Scientists discover new kind of particle: the pentaquark Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have discovered a new kind of particle called the pentaquark, they announced Tuesday. More »

  • CERN scientists claim discovery of new particles Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — A new kind of subatomic particle called the pentaquark has been detected for the first time, the European Organization for Nuclear Research said Tuesday. More »

  • Large Hadron Collider Scientists Hail Discovery Of Pentaquark Particle
    Large Hadron Collider Scientists Hail Discovery Of Pentaquark Particle Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Large Hadron Collider (Flickr/Cern) More »

  • Will LSST Solve the Mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy? (Kavli Hangou …
    Will LSST Solve the Mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy? (Kavli Hangou … Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Adam Hadhazy, writer and editor for The Kavli Foundation, contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. During a traditional Chilean stone-laying ceremony, the first building block of a powerful new astronomical observatory, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), was placed in the ground on Cerro Pachón in Chile April 14. Although LSST will not see first light until 2022, the astronomical community is already abuzz about how this ambitious project will open up the "dark universe" of dark matter and dark energy as never before. More »

  • The Large Hadron Collider ‘Could Produce Tiny Black Holes On Earth’
    The Large Hadron Collider ‘Could Produce Tiny Black Holes On Earth’ Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    But it’s less likely than we thought More »

  • After Higgs, Ramped-Up Collider Hunts for Next Puzzle
    After Higgs, Ramped-Up Collider Hunts for Next Puzzle Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Don Lincoln is a senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab, America's largest Large Hadron Collider research institution. Since Einstein's 1905 papers on relativity, physicists have known of the equivalence between energy and mass. More »

  • Correction: European Games-Opening Ceremony story
    Correction: European Games-Opening Ceremony story Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — In a story June 12 about the opening ceremony of the European Games, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev entered the stadium carrying a torch. The torchbearer was Ilham Zakiyev, a two-time Paralympic gold medal-winning judo athlete. More »

  • Lady Gaga helps open European Games open in Azerbaijan
    Lady Gaga helps open European Games open in Azerbaijan Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The first European Games opened in Azerbaijan on Friday with an extravagant opening ceremony featuring Lady Gaga, although even her star power failed to dispel some of the concerns hanging over the event. More »

  • The World Is Going To End In September (Apparently)
    The World Is Going To End In September (Apparently) Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Massive comet on a collision course with Earth, say conspiracy theorists More »

  • World's Largest Atom Smasher Is Back in Action
    World's Largest Atom Smasher Is Back in Action Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Ready, set, go! The hunt for new subatomic particles is officially on. The world's largest atom smasher is finally producing new data, after a two-year hiatus and months of test collisions at mind-boggling energies. The new run of the collider could reveal hints of dark matter, extra dimensions or completely new particles. More »

  • 'New era' in physics as world's biggest particle smasher cranks …
    'New era' in physics as world's biggest particle smasher cranks … Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Scientists on Wednesday hailed a "new era" in their quest to unravel more mysteries of the universe as the world's biggest particle smasher started experiments with nearly doubled energy levels in a key breakthrough. More »

  • Niels Bohr's Atomic Legacy Recalled by Grandson: How to Watch Live Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The name Niels Bohr may take you back to high school chemistry class, but an event tonight (June 3) promises to take people beyond textbooks, for a behind-the-scenes look at the pioneering scientist. Bohr's grandson Dr. Vilhelm Bohr will speak tonight about his grandfather's enduring contributions to the field of physics, and will offer a glimpse of the personality and family behind the legacy. The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, hosts the event, and you can watch a live webcast on Live Science beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. More »

  • Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists successfully restarted experiments at the world's biggest particle collider Wednesday, after a two-year shutdown and upgrade that allows it to smash together atoms with almost double the energy used in its first run. More »

  • The Large Hadron Collider: A factfile
    The Large Hadron Collider: A factfile Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The most powerful particle smasher in the world, Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), on Wednesday started a new run with almost doubled energy levels. More »

  • Hadron Collider Fired Up For New Experiments
    Hadron Collider Fired Up For New Experiments Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    After nearly two years of maintenance and repair, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been fired up for a series of unprecedented experiments. The laboratory's 17-mile (27.4km) ring-shaped tunnel has been undergoing last-minute checks so it is ready for the new phase of experiments. The LHC was previously used to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson - also known as the God particle - which gives other particles mass. More »

  • Record-Breaking Energy Unleashed in Largest Atom Smasher
    Record-Breaking Energy Unleashed in Largest Atom Smasher Sat, May 23, 2015

    The world's largest atom smasher is really cranking now: Protons zipped around the giant underground ring at near light-speed and collided head on, releasing record-breaking energies. The beauty of the fallout from these powerful particle smash-ups can be seen in images released yesterday (May 21) by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which oversees the 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This week during a test run, the protons sped into each other with energies of 13 tera-electronvolts (TeV), or double the collider's previous power. More »

  • World's biggest atom smasher sets energy record Thu, May 21, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June. More »

  • World's largest particle collider busts record
    World's largest particle collider busts record Thu, May 21, 2015

    The world's largest particle smasher broke the record for energy levels late Wednesday in a test run after a two-year upgrade, CERN announced Thursday. More »

  • Three-decade quest backs physics' 'Standard Model'
    Three-decade quest backs physics' 'Standard Model' Wed, May 13, 2015

    Scientists on Wednesday said that after a nearly three-decade bid they had detected a telltale change in a sub-atomic particle, further backing a key theory about the Universe. More »

  • Scientists celebrate first protons collisions
    Scientists celebrate first protons collisions Wed, May 6, 2015

    New tests of Hadron collider could shed light on dark matter, an invisible particle that makes up most of the universe. More »

  • Large Hadron Collider resumes collisions after upgrade
    Large Hadron Collider resumes collisions after upgrade Tue, May 5, 2015

    The world's largest particle smasher resumed colliding protons Tuesday as it gradually reboots following a two-year upgrade, Europe's physics lab CERN said. More »