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2008-09-12 00:00:04

By The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) - A small blip on a computer screen sent champagne corks popping among physicists in Switzerland. Near Chicago, researchers at a "pajama party" who watched via satellite let out an early morning cheer.The blip was literally of cosmic proportions, representing a new tool to probe the birth of the universe.The world's largest atom smasher passed its first test Wednesday as scientists said their powerful tool is almost ready to reveal how the tiniest...

2008-09-11 15:00:12

By JUDY SIEGEL It probably won't turn out to be quite as exciting as a black hole swallowing up planet earth, but the world's largest ever experiment, which kicks off on Wednesday, is still likely to take human knowledge a thrilling leap forward. Three of the 30 Israeli professors, students and technicians who have taken part in preparations for the historic launch of the gargantuan particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project, are already at the European...

2008-09-11 09:00:12

By James Thalman Deseret News and Alexander G. Higgins Associated Press Moving fast enough to circle a 17-mile-long underground tunnel nearly 11,000 times a second, streams of atomic particles signaled the start of a new era of research that scientists believe could unravel the universe's deepest mysteries. At 2:28 a.m. MDT Wednesday, some 14 years and $10 billion after it was first designed, the Large Hadron Collider laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, was activated, officially becoming...

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2008-09-11 09:05:00

Experts in labs across the globe celebrated the first monumental achievement of a test conducted by the immensely complex Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Wednesday. Physicists in Switzerland rejoiced as the world's largest atom smasher passed its first test on its way to revealing how the tiniest particles were created after the "big bang." Meanwhile, scientists at a satellite viewing party near Chicago reveled in the LHC's introduction as physicists successfully fired beam of protons...

2008-09-11 00:00:08

By Paul Vallely Between Ourselves Last weekend, my eight-year-old climbed into the cockpit of a Spitfire to have his photograph taken at the Southport Air Show. No sooner was he out of the plane's bucket-seat than his mother was climbing in for a picture. She was followed by her father. I ought not to have been surprised. My son's granddad was a radio operator in the RAF, and my wife had followed in her father's footsteps, ending up in the office of the Chief of the Air Staff. Whether...

2008-09-11 00:00:02

By Andy McSmith The world watched and waited for the greatest experiment in history to begin. Impressive though it was, it was also a bit like booting up a sulky PC, says Andy McSmith who was at Cern All was quiet at the moment when the greatest scientific experiment in history was scheduled to begin, at 9.30am Swiss time yesterday. No bands, no flags, no cheerleaders - only a silence so heavy and awed that even the 300 journalists stopped talking. A machine that has taken 13 years to...

2008-09-10 15:00:13

ANN ARBOR, Mich., PASADENA and BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marked the first-ever attempt to circulate a beam of subatomic particles around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a gigantic particle accelerator spanning the French-Swiss border. The event represents a major milestone along the path towards a new understanding of the fundamental nature and origins of the universe. When the LHC officially begins its experiments, multiple terabytes of data per second will flow...

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2008-09-10 14:43:39

The world's largest experiment in physics, the Hadron Particle Collider, began running Wednesday in a 17 mile tunnel under the French-Swiss border. The collider produces so much information that even the enormous computing authority of the European Organization for Nuclear Research cannot process it all. The Geneva-based laboratory, identified by the French acronym CERN, is dividing the load of work among many computing centers around the globe. The consequence of the division is the LHC...

2008-09-10 09:00:22

VMware, Inc., (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the world's leading laboratory for particle physics, use VMware Fusion to share Linux-based computer code via VMware virtual machines running on Apple hardware. Virtual machines created with VMware Fusion are used by the physicists working on the experiments that run on the world's largest...

2008-09-10 09:00:05

A beam of particles successfully completed its first lap in the multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists said. The nearly $7 billion collider will enable scientists to study, among other things, the nature of particles and explore dark matter -- matter that can't be directly observed but makes up most matter in the universe. The lap around the collider took less than an hour, The Times of London reported. Scientists had to wait about 50 seconds between...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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