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  • 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 »

  • Collider delivering collision data
    Collider delivering collision data Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has started delivering physics data as a result of what has been described as a "milestone" collision. 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 »

  • Atom smasher getting up to speed
    Atom smasher getting up to speed Thu, May 21, 2015

    A new energy record for smashing together sub-atomic particles has been set by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), marking a turning point for the team operating the world's biggest scientific instrument. More »

  • Hadron Collider sets energy record
    Hadron Collider sets energy record Thu, May 21, 2015

    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 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »