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2010-04-01 06:25:00

A day after achieving beam collisions at 7 terra electron volts (TeV), physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have begun efforts to increase the Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) output from 50 collisions per second to 300. "We are moving to ever new frontiers of science," spokesman James Gillies told Robert Evans of Reuters on Wednesday, as he and the team of scientists operating the particle accelerator worked to overcome a series of minor glitches. "Nothing of what...

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2010-03-30 08:05:00

Officials at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have successfully achieved a collision at 7 trillion electron volts (TeV), the latest milestone in their search for Higgs boson -- also known as the "God Particle" -- as they attempt to reach levels in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC). CERN spokeswoman Paola Catapano called it "physics in the making" and "the beginning of a new era," and according to the AFP, "Cheers erupted in separate control rooms around the 27-kilometre...

2010-03-24 16:44:53

An experiment led by a University of Alberta researcher, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, could dramatically change our concepts of basic physics, revolutionize our understanding of the Universe and could eventually lead to technologies in future generations that right now only exist in science fiction. U of A physics professor James Pinfold is leading an international team of physicists who will use ultra high energy proton collisions. The protons will move at very near the speed...

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2010-03-23 12:20:00

Having already successfully completed an output of 3.5 trillion electron volts (TeV) using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), officials at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have announced plans to attempt collisions of at least 7 TeV on March 30. CERN made the announcement in a Tuesday press release, noting that they will look to utilize two beams, each reaching the 3.5 TeV output threshold. In preparation for the 7 TeV attempt, they LHC crew will be spending the next week...

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2010-03-19 12:05:00

Officials at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have created the highest energy levels yet achieved in a particle accelerator, recording a pair of 3.5 trillion electron volts (TeV) beams in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC) early Friday Morning. The 3.5 TeV readings are three-times larger than any achieved by a man-made device. CERN officials are calling it "an important step" in their research, during which they will try to recreate conditions similar to those found during...

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2010-03-08 13:40:00

Big-bang experiments conducted at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) might be able to prove the existence of dark matter, claims the research center's director general. Speaking at a March 8 press conference, Rolf-Dieter Heuer said that experiments utilizing CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will attempt to recreate the conditions believed to have led to the "Big Bang" more than 13 billion years ago -- and in the process, could shed some light on the mysteries of dark...

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2010-03-01 09:25:00

In a bid to discover the secrets of the universe, scientists have restarted the world's most powerful atom smasher, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Sunday. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 16.8 mile underground tunnel located on the French-Swiss border near Geneva, produced its first beam of 2010 at 4:10 CET (0310 GMT). "The LHC is on its way again," said CERN in a tweet on its website. The 5.6 billion dollar LHC was shut down in December to get it ready for...

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2010-02-22 06:30:00

Scientists are preparing for a new crusade in the exploration of the secrets of the universe, when in the days ahead, they will restart the world's most powerful atom-smasher, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Sunday. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 5.6 billion dollar project, was shut down in December to ready it for upcoming collisions at unprecedented levels of energy. It was run for a few weeks after being repaired from a 14 month breakdown. The LHC, a...

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2010-02-16 14:51:07

One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), arrived at ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands for testing before being launched on the Space Shuttle to the ISS this July. The quest for the origins of the Universe is about to take a step further in the Large Space Simulator (LSS) at ESA's research and technology centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, under responsibility of Agency's Directorate of Human Spaceflight. The LSS is...

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2010-02-04 06:50:00

A two-year continuous run through late 2011 will prove whether the "Big Bang" particle collider at CERN can shed light on the mystery of what gives mass to matter. Scientists are hoping to find the elusive Higgs Boson particle they have been looking for during the long-term experiment, which involves the largest and most costly scientific machine set to be switched on later this month, James Gillies told Reuters. "If it is there, we have a reasonable chance of seeing it," said Gillies,...