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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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2008-03-31 15:25:00

Universit© de Montr©al physicist Claude Leroy a key figure among international team that designed world's biggest particle physics detectorDeep in the bowels of the earth "“100 meters below ground in Geneva, Switzerland "“ lies a supermachine of 27 km circumference called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that has been built to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Claude Leroy, a Universit© de Montr©al physics professor, was among the 2,500 scientists from 37...

2008-03-24 01:56:49

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 22, the cold, wet wind was enough to shock me awake as I arrived at the surface assembly building above the cavern of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment , a subatomic particle detector that is a key component in the subterranean Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that straddles the French and Swiss Borders. One of the largest international...

2008-02-29 12:02:43

Today the ATLAS1 collaboration at CERN2 celebrates the lowering of its last large detector element. The ATLAS detector is the world's largest general-purpose particle detector, measuring 46 metres long, 25 metres high and 25 metres wide; it weighs 7000 tonnes and consists of 100 million sensors that measure particles produced in proton-proton collisions in CERN's Large Hadron Collider3 (LHC). The first piece of ATLAS was installed in 2003 and since then many detector elements have journeyed...

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2007-06-23 00:40:00

GENEVA - The world's biggest particle collider will start up next May, six months behind schedule because of problems, including the failure of a key U.S. designed part, the European Organization for Nuclear Research said Friday. The Large Hadron Collider, eagerly awaited by scientists hoping it will reveal new secrets about the makeup of matter, will be inaugurated without the low-energy run that had been planned for November, said officials at the organization known by its French acronym...