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2009-10-17 07:50:00

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment is now more frigid than deep space, making it one of the coldest locations in the Universe, BBC News reported. Recent adjustments in all eight sectors of the LHC have dropped the operating temperature to 1.9 kelvin (-271C; -456F). Liquid helium maintains the intense cold in nearly 17-mile long magnets that bend particle beams around the LHC.  The magnets are positioned end-to-end in a circular tunnel overlapping the Franco-Swiss border. The...

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2009-10-10 10:21:33

France has captured a worker at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for alleged connections with al-Qaeda, officials announced. The 32-year-old man was one of two brothers apprehended in the town of Vienne on Thursday. Police think that the suspect communicated on the Internet with the al-Qaeda, and had been contemplating attacks on France. The organization established that a physicist working at CERN was detained "under suspicion of links to terrorist organizations", and is...

2009-10-05 10:53:27

Controlling huge electromagnetic forces that have the potential to destroy the next generation of particle accelerators is the subject of a new paper by a University of Manchester physicist. So-called 'wake fields' occur during the process of acceleration and can cause particles to fly apart. The particles are traveling at extremely high energies "“ and if they are subjected to these wake fields, they can easily destroy the accelerators. In his paper 'Wake field Suppression in High...

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2009-09-28 12:00:00

After a widely publicized helium leak shut down the Large Hadron Collider last year, engineers began installing an early warning system they hope will prevent any similar problems, BBC News reported. When a "faulty splice" between magnets knocked the LHC offline last September, it delayed the start of science operations by more than a year. Now officials hope to restart the collider in mid November, where it will send two beams of particles crashing into each other at close to the speed of...

2009-09-11 09:58:13

The Large Hadron Collider will not become a white elephant, despite having operated just one week in the year since its debut, scientists in Switzerland said. The world's most powerful atom smasher began operation a year ago this month near Geneva amid great expectations it would recreate the conditions of the universe at its earliest infancy. A week later, the more than $8 billion collider broke down. Scientists have spent the last year replacing super magnets and inspecting parts designed...

2009-08-07 11:52:50

Switzerland's troubled Large Hadron Collider is expected to restart in November at half-speed and reach full capacity in 2011, scientists said. The world's most powerful atom-smasher initially began operating Sept. 10 but was shut down nine days later when two magnets failed, causing a serious helium leak in the cooling ring. The $6.7 billion collider, located in the suburbs of Geneva, has been under repair since then. When it starts smashing protons in mid-November, the collider is to run at...

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2009-08-07 06:40:00

The mysteries of the universe will remain unknown for a few months longer after the CERN announcement that the giant particle collider will restart in November. CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, says the restart will mean the world's biggest atom smasher will operate below full power. No more repairs would be necessary for "safe running" this year and next, according to a CERN statement. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) promises to unlock scientific mysteries about the...

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2009-08-06 14:00:00

Today in Brussels, CERN1 and the European Commission are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to enhance the long-standing partnership between the two organizations. The MoU will provide a structured framework for cooperation across a broad range of issues of common interest, with emphasis on consolidating and further developing the European Research Area and facilitating the implementation of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, as defined by the CERN Council.The...

2009-08-04 11:14:09

The world's largest particle accelerator, featured in Angels & Demons making antimatter, is riddled with electrical problems, European officials concede. As a result, it may be years before the $9 billion Large Hadron Collider, located in suburban Geneva, Switzerland, produces groundbreaking science, officials acknowledge. This science is includes identifying the dark matter that astronomers say makes up 25 percent of the cosmos and exploring the existence of dimensions beyond the three...

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2009-07-30 16:20:00

The restart of the Large Hadron Collider has been pushed back from October to November, a CERN spokesman said on Thursday. James Gillies, spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), told the Associated Press that the delay is intended to allow extra time to repair two small helium leaks. He added that the restart schedule could still be pushed back further if any other problems were discovered between now and October. "Essentially what's happening is we're proceeding...