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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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2008-09-10 09:05:00

Champagne corks popped in labs across the world as scientists celebrated the first successful run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Scientists hope the immensely complex particle-smashing machine will one day be able to recreate the conditions that caused the "Big Bang" to occur. The debut of the machine that cost 10 billion Swiss francs ($9 billion) registered as a blip on a control room screen at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, at about 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT)....

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2008-09-08 17:00:00

Scientists are looking to this week's historic "Big Bang" experiment in hopes that it will reveal surprises about the universe and its origins"”but reject suggestions it will bring the end of the world. The discoveries to emerge from the 6.4 billion euro ($9.2 billion) project could spark major advances for human society, Robert Aymar, the French physicist who heads the CERN research centre, predicted. British physicist Brian Cox said:  "If some of what we expect to find does not...

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2008-09-08 10:00:00

A new report published on Friday, 5 September, provides the most comprehensive evidence available to confirm that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)'s switch-on, due on Wednesday this week, poses no threat to mankind. Nature's own cosmic rays regularly produce more powerful particle collisions than those planned within the LHC, which will enable nature's laws to be studied in controlled experiments. The LHC Safety Assessment Group have reviewed and updated a study first completed in 2003, which...

2008-09-05 12:00:00

By Rebecca McQuillan reports LOOK outside your window. Is it a beautiful day? Is it raining again? If so, welcome it, go out now in your socks and run about in it. Kiss a stranger. Make the most of every minute, because the doomsayers predict that we might not be here at Christmas. A tiny minority believe that the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) Big Bang Experiment, due to begin on Wednesday, is a folly that could create a black hole the whole world will be sucked into. Most...