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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...

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...

2009-06-21 07:35:00

The world's biggest atom smasher will be put to the test once more in September after scientists have conducted tests and set up additional safety precautions to stop any further mistakes that halted the $10 billion machine after its startup in 2008, the operator announced on Saturday. The Large Hadron Collider was intended to begin again in late September, but most likely will wait an additional two to three weeks, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research said. "We're...

2009-06-06 07:55:00

Declaring that true faith has no quarrel with science, a senior Vatican delegation visited the CERN nuclear physics lab on the Swiss-French border this week. Vatican City's governor, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, represented the Roman Catholic Church, and toured the facility and its 17-mile proton accelerator, the world's largest nuclear physics laboratory. The delegation embraced any breakthroughs scientists could provide on understanding the basis of the universe, saying such discoveries would...

2009-05-28 09:49:11

Particle physics saves lives, connects continents through new channels of communication, helps us understand the world around us and inspires tomorrow's leaders. While the perils associated with particle physics, from Earth-gobbling black holes to Vatican-destroying amounts of antimatter, gain news headlines, it's easy to overlook the large economic and societal benefits of particle physics research. The technology designed and engineered for paradigm-shifting experiments, such as the Large...

2009-05-19 12:49:46

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said in a statement on Monday that he is overruling his science minister and the country will not be pulling out of the international particle physics laboratory, CERN, over rising costs, Reuters reported. The particle collider, which is being called the biggest machine ever created, is built under the French-Swiss border outside Geneva. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) machine aims to recreate the conditions of the "Big Bang," or the...

2009-05-13 15:19:19

Particle physicists to brief media and public on real science at CERN; May 19, 1 pm EST On May 15, 2009, Sony Pictures will release "Angels and Demons," and bring the world's largest particle physics laboratory to the silver screen. Based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel, this major motion picture, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, focuses on a plot to destroy the Vatican using a small amount of antimatter. That antimatter is made using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and is...

2009-05-08 09:45:00

Austria has plans to pull out of the international particle physics laboratory CERN, due to its share of high costs eating up too much of the country's budget for international research . The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has invented a machine where particles collide under the French-Swiss border outside Geneva, which is suppose to make conditions that are like the origin of the universe, also known as the "Big Bang." So far, the project has cost about $9 billion to...

2009-04-23 07:40:00

For most people, it's hard to imagine a more dramatic force of social change than the Internet-revolution that has swept the planet over the last decade and a half.  Yet for the men and women who invented it, the revolution they dreamt of has only just begun. Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founders of the World Wide Web, recently stated: "The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet.  The future is still so much bigger than the past." According to the United Nation's...

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