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  • 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

    Like the Higgs boson particle – also discovered by scientists at Cern – the pentaquark was believed to exist, but no conclusive evidence was available, until now. “There is quite a history with pentaquarks, which is also why we were very careful in putting this paper forward,” Patrick Koppenburg, physics co-ordinator for LHCb at Cern, told BBC News. 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 »

  • 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 »