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2010-09-18 06:40:00

Europe's particle research center CERN said Friday that budget cuts are forcing the center to shut down its accelerators for a year in 2012, but its flagship "Big Bang" machine will remain unaffected. CERN said that its high-profile drive to study the origins of the cosmos would continue as planned as it announced the trimmed-down budget. The center said that it would delay upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider's beam intensity by a year, meaning scientists will have to wait until 2016 for...

2010-08-26 06:15:00

A massive particle detector that will search the reaches of outer space for antimatter and other clues about the origins of the universe began the initial steps towards its voyage to the International Space Station on Wednesday. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) loaded the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer onto a giant C5 Galaxy U.S. Air Force transport plane at the Geneva airport, which will take off Thursday for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "The AMS left the...

2010-08-25 12:10:48

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) staff warned Wednesday that major budget cuts at the world's biggest atom smasher over the next five years are set to slow down its quest to unlock the deepest secrets of the universe. Spokesman James Gillies told AFP that Rolf Heuer, the director-general of CERN, presented a proposal for $433 million in savings in 2011-2015 to its 20 member states at a meeting in Geneva, France. "It will have an impact on the speed to which we get...

2010-08-19 10:55:00

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, leaves CERN next Tuesday on the next leg of its journey to the International Space Station. The AMS detector  is being transported from CERN to Geneva International Airport in preparation for its planned departure from Switzerland on August 26, when it will be flown to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on board a US Air Force Galaxy transport aircraft.A press conference to...

2010-07-27 08:19:17

A group of University of Toronto high-energy physicists, along with their 3,000 ATLAS colleagues, announced they have broken world records in the search for new particles as the first findings from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were presented July 26 in Paris, France. The first results, following only three months of successful operation of the LHC, have "re-discovered" some of the familiar particles that lie at the heart of the Standard Model of physics.  The Standard Model theory has...

2010-07-26 22:48:08

First results from the LHC at CERN* are being revealed at ICHEP, the world's largest international conference on particle physics, which has attracted more than 1000 participants to its venue in Paris. The spokespersons of the four major experiments at the LHC "“ ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb "“ are today presenting measurements from the first three months of successful LHC operation at 3.5 TeV per beam, an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle...

2010-06-28 12:00:00

Scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said they have moved a step closer to reaching their goal of unlocking the mysteries of the Universe. The LHC has produced a record-breaking particle collision rate, which is about double the previous rate. According to physicist Andrei Golutvin, the collider is now generating about 10,000 particle collisions per second. The LHC is the world's highest-energy particle accelerator and is located in a 16 mile tunnel under the...

2010-06-23 11:35:00

Scientists have simulated what is thought to be the sounds made by sub-atomic particles when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider. Their goal is to develop a way for physicists at CERN to "listen to the data" and pick out the Higgs particle if and when they finally detect it. Lily Asquith modeled data from the giant Atlas experiment at the LHC. She worked with sound engineers to convert data taken during collisions at the LHC. "If the energy is close to you, you will hear a low...

2010-06-22 06:00:00

Europe's "Big Bang" particle research group CERN, plans to open membership to all countries around the world who qualify to join. The more than half-century-old organization, located near Geneva on the borders of France and Switzerland, has an annual budget of 8.7 billion dollars and had previously only admitted European states as full members, although many other countries take part in its work. "This is a giant leap for particle physics that recognizes the increasing globalization of the...

2010-05-31 09:25:00

The Large Hadron Collider's machine systems are now recovering from a recent general power cut. The organization that runs the LHC, CERN, said it had taken until Monday morning for the machine to fully recover. According to a spokesperson, the electrical cut on Friday may have been caused by storms. The collider is in a technical stop that is allowing technicians access to its 16-mile long tunnel. A spokesperson said a technical stop had already been scheduled for this week. James...

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