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  • 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 »

  • Process observed 'after 30 years'
    Process observed 'after 30 years' Wed, May 13, 2015

    Rare decays of sub-atomic particles detected by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) confirm predictions of the Standard Model, the long-standing theory explaining the building blocks and forces of the universe. 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 »

  • Proton Beam Therapy Group To Raise £20m
    Proton Beam Therapy Group To Raise £20m Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    A company whose focus on a specialised form of cancer treatment sprang to prominence last year during the case of five-year-old Ashya King will disclose on Monday that it is in talks to raise tens of millions of pounds from investors. Sky News understands that Advanced Oncotherapy, which is listed on London's junior AIM stock market, will issue a statement in the wake of a recent surge in its share price. Spun out of the CERN site in Geneva, where scientists discovered the Higgs-Boson Particle, Advanced Oncotherapy makes specialist machines which use proton beam therapy to treat cancer patients. The company is expected to say that it is in discussions about raising funds to accelerate the development of the machines, and has begun a roadshow of prospective investors to raise the additional capital. More »

  • Giant Atom Smasher Revs up: Physicists Reveal What They're Looking For
    Giant Atom Smasher Revs up: Physicists Reveal What They're Looking For Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) underground ring in Geneva, Switzerland, revved up again last week at double its previous power. The humongous particle collider will now begin searching for elusive subatomic particles at 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV). The first run of the LHC had a single overarching goal: finding the Higgs boson, the particle that explains how other particles get their mass. Scientists know there is more out there than can be explained by the Standard Model, the reigning physics paradigm describing subatomic particles. More »

  • Man arrested after video of him punching toddler son goes viral
    Man arrested after video of him punching toddler son goes viral Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The boy is running behind a counter when Whittington chases him and punches him in the face. More »

  • Ireland could be covered* in sand overnight
    Ireland could be covered* in sand overnight Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    *A light dusting, at least. More »

  • Dublin Bus drivers could be going on strike again
    Dublin Bus drivers could be going on strike again Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Bad news for commuters. More »

  • This is what happens when you dump a few goldfish into a lake
  • Breast milk probably shouldn’t be bought and sold online
    Breast milk probably shouldn’t be bought and sold online Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Unsurprising advice, really. More »

  • The 5 at 5: Monday
    The 5 at 5: Monday Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… More »

  • This BBC News typo will give you an immature LOL
  • The World's Most Powerful Atom Smasher Restarts With a Big Bang
    The World's Most Powerful Atom Smasher Restarts With a Big Bang Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The world's most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, which provides a window into the universe just milliseconds after the Big Bang, came back to life this morning, after more than two years of maintenance and upgrade work, and it's stronger than ever. Then at 12:27 p.m. Geneva time, another proton beam trekked around the ring in the opposite direction, officials at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) reported today (April 5). In the first run of the restart, the LHC hit energies of 450 GeV, where one GeV is equivalent to the mass of a proton. In the coming days, LHC operators plan to amp up the energy of the proton beams to the highest ever achieved. More »

  • Hadron collider restarted after two-year upgrade
    Hadron collider restarted after two-year upgrade Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    World's largest particle smasher set in motion as scientists seek answers as to how universe came into existence. More »

  • Hadron Collider Restarts In Hunt For Dark Matter
    Hadron Collider Restarts In Hunt For Dark Matter Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) hope the upgrade will allow them to smash protons together with nearly double the energy previously reached. Two beams of protons will be sent in opposite directions around LHC's 17-mile tunnel circuit on the Franco-Swiss border. In 2012, the LHC discovered the Higgs Boson, an elementary particle that gives other particles mass. More »

  • Large Hadron Collider starts up again after two-year upgrade
    Large Hadron Collider starts up again after two-year upgrade Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The world's largest particle smasher restarted Sunday after a two-year upgrade that will allow physicists to explore uncharted corners of what makes up the universe, including dark matter and antimatter. More »

  • Giant atom smasher starts up after 2-year shutdown
    Giant atom smasher starts up after 2-year shutdown Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The world's biggest particle accelerator is back in action after a two-year shutdown and upgrade, embarking on a new mission that scientists hope could give them a look into the unseen dark universe. More »

  • CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe
    CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research centre CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown. Study of many billions of collisions in the LHC's first run from 2010-2013 produced proof by 2012 of the existence of the Higgs boson and its linked force field, a long sought mechanism that gives mass to matter. With its capacity to smash particles together at almost the speed of light and at a collision energy twice that of its first run, scientists hope that the revamped LHC will produce evidence of what has been dubbed "New Physics". More »

  • LHC ramp-up boosts discoveries hope
    LHC ramp-up boosts discoveries hope Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    With the Large Hadron Collider running at energies never attained before, scientists hope to enter a new realm of physics. More »

  • Scientists restart atom-smasher
    Scientists restart atom-smasher Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Scientists have successfully restarted the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful atom-smasher ever built, hoping to enter a new realm of physics and make history for the second time. More »

  • Collider to start dark matter hunt
    Collider to start dark matter hunt Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    The world's largest and most powerful atom smasher will be re-started tomorrow after an upgrade that could see it making scientific history for a second time. More »

  • Amped-Up Atom Smasher Will Restart This Weekend
    Amped-Up Atom Smasher Will Restart This Weekend Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    It’s a great day for particle physics fans: The world’s largest atom smasher has been cleared to start running again as early as this weekend. After a two-year hiatus, researchers and engineers planned to restart the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) last week, but an electrical short delayed the process. Scientists quickly found the glitch: a small piece of metal lodged in the wiring of one of the LHC’s powerful electromagnets. "It’s a bit like deliberately blowing a fuse," Paul Collier, head of beams at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which manages the LHC, told Nature News. More »

  • Particle smasher set for weekend startup, says CERN
    Particle smasher set for weekend startup, says CERN Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The world's biggest particle collider is set to restart this weekend after a two-year upgrade, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Thursday. More »

  • What's Next for the World's Largest Atom Smasher? How to Watch Live
    What's Next for the World's Largest Atom Smasher? How to Watch Live Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Physicist Jon Butterworth, who works at the world's largest atom smasher, is intimately familiar with the drama that surrounded the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson. Butterworth will recount the trials and tribulations in the hunt for "the most wanted particle," in a lecture tonight (April 1) at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. Butterworth is a physics professor at University College London in the United Kingdom, and a researcher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which manages the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a ring-shaped particle accelerator located underground near Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012, scientists at the LHC found evidence of the long-sought Higgs boson, an elementary particle that is thought to explain how other particles get their mass. More »

  • 6 of the Best Science-Themed April Fools' Day Jokes Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Many poor souls have been victims of April Fools' Day jokes, and science — with it's reputation for achieving stunning and sometimes fantastic feats — makes for some of the best fodder. From harnessing the energy of thunderstorms to rounding off the number pi, here are some of history's greatest science April Fools' Day pranks to wow your nerdy friends. Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), home of the particle smasher used to discover the Higgs boson particle and other groundbreaking insights into the four fundamental forces (the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity), reported today (April 1) that they had confirmed the existence of the Force — the supernatural power in the fictional "Star Wars" universe. The statement goes on to say that researchers are unsure of what causes the Force but its practical applications include long-distance communication, influencing minds and lifting heavy objects out of swamps. More »

  • CERN proves The Force exists, Albert Hall outraged at Beatles 'holes' …
    CERN proves The Force exists, Albert Hall outraged at Beatles 'holes' … Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    From a supermarket putting in trampolines for customers to reach the top shelf to prestigious CERN saying it has proved The Force exists, Wednesday brought April Fool's spoofs a-plenty. London's venerable Royal Albert Hall released an April 1, 1967 letter from its archives protesting "in the strongest conceivable terms" at having The Beatles imply in the song "Day in the Life" that there were 4,000 holes in its auditorium. Commerzbank sought a solution to Greece's financial woes, saying Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis had proposed a one-off licence fee of 1 euro on European Union users of Pythagoras’ theorem. Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that the European Central Bank was opening a restaurant with a view called "Euro Sunset". More »

  • World's largest particle collider ready to restart in 'days'
    World's largest particle collider ready to restart in 'days' Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Physicists have fixed a short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher, making the particle-hunting machine ready for a restart "within days' time" after a two-year shutdown. More »

  • Electrical fault corrected, 'Big Bang' collider to restart soon
    Electrical fault corrected, 'Big Bang' collider to restart soon Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    CERN engineers said on Tuesday they have resolved a problem that had delayed the relaunch after a two-year refit of the Large Hadron Collider particle smasher, which is probing the mysteries of the universe. The relaunch of the so-called 'Big Bang' machine had to be postponed last week because of the problem. These collisions, at almost the speed of light, create the chaotic conditions inside the LHC close to those that followed the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, from which the universe eventually emerged. More »

  • Today in History Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Today is Monday, March 30, the 89th day of 2015. There are 276 days left in the year. More »

  • Huge Asteroid To Fly Past Earth This Morning
    Huge Asteroid To Fly Past Earth This Morning Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Conspiracy websites once again proclaimed the end of life on Earth this week as a huge asteroid hurtled towards Earth More »

  • Short circuit delays particle hunter machine restart
    Short circuit delays particle hunter machine restart Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    A short-circuit at the world's largest proton smasher has indefinitely delayed the particle-hunting machine's planned restart, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Wednesday. More »

  • Minor glitch delays restart of Large Hadron Collider Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a minor glitch will delay the re-start of Europe's multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider either a couple of days or more than a month. More »

  • Did Cosmic Inflation Really Jump-Start the Universe? (Kavli Hangout)
    Did Cosmic Inflation Really Jump-Start the Universe? (Kavli Hangout) Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Kelen Tuttle, writer and editor for The Kavli Foundation, contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The oldest light in the universe, the cosmic microwave background, is a fossil from the Big Bang that fills every square inch of the sky. Researchers working on the Planck satellite — which detects distant light from its orbit 930,000 miles above Earth — released new maps of the cosmic microwave background. In a second publication, scientists on both Planck and the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2 (BICEP2) experiment — which, from its site at the South Pole, studies the cosmic microwave background — announced that previous data, which seemed to offer "smoking gun" evidence of inflation, had been misunderstood. More »