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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)....

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...

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...

2008-09-02 09:15:00

The Associated Press Who says science doesn't turn people on? Kate McAlpine is a rising star on YouTube for her rap performance - about high-energy particle physics. Her performance has drawn a half-million views so far on YouTube. The 23-year-old Michigan State University graduate raps about the Large Hadron Collider, the groundbreaking particle accelerator that has been built in a 17-mile circular tunnel at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. McAlpine raps that when the...

2008-08-21 19:46:27

UC Santa Cruz physicists involved in major international physics experiment The field of particle physics is poised to enter unknown territory with the startup of a massive new accelerator--the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)--in Europe this summer. On September 10, LHC scientists will attempt to send the first beam of protons speeding around the accelerator. The LHC will put hotly debated theories to the test as it generates a bonanza of new experimental data in the coming years. Potential...

2008-08-07 16:05:00

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Thursday that the world's most powerful particle accelerator, aimed at unlocking secrets of the universe, is expected to launch on September 10. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), housed in an underground tunnel 27 kilometers (17 miles) in circumference, will recreate conditions just after the Big Bang"”which many scientists believe gave birth to the universe. The LHC will collide two beams of particles at close to the...

2008-06-24 08:40:00

A report has concluded that the world's most powerful particle physics experiment is not putting our planet at risk. Critics are concerned that the Earth's very existence could be threatened by the mini-black holes created at the Large Hadron Collider facility on the French-Swiss border. A report from the European Organization for Nuclear Research says there is "no conceivable danger". The organization, also known as Cern, will operate the underground collider in a 27km-long tunnel near...

2008-04-30 01:05:00

Speaking ahead of the 15th anniversary of the day the worldwide web was made public, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said the web is "Ëœstill in its infancy'. Berners-Lee made the remarks to BBC News, and said that in the future, the web will put "Ëœall the data in the world' at the disposal of user. "The web has been a tremendous tool for people to do a lot of good even though you can find bad stuff out there," Sir Tim told BBC News, adding that he was optimistic about...

2008-04-08 00:10:00

British physicist Peter Higgs said Monday he believes the discovery of a subatomic particle, whose existence he postulated about 40 years ago, would take place within the next year as a result of a race between powerful research equipment in the U.S. and Europe.   The particle, named "Higgs boson", would prove the existence of a force that gives mass to the universe and makes life possible, he said. Higgs believes a particle, which originates from the force, will be discovered...

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