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LHC To Shut Down For Two Years
2013-02-16 10:08:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was officially shut down early Thursday morning, beginning a two-year period of repair and upgrades before the particle accelerator officially resumes its work in late 2014. According to Jason Palmer of BBC News, the LHC´s beams were “dumped” on the morning of February 14, but it wasn´t until Saturday morning the atom smasher´s more than 1,700 magnets reached room...

Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Recommends Shutting Down RHIC
2013-01-30 04:21:52

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For the last four years Congress and the White House have been unable to pass a federal budget, settling each time for continuing resolutions. However, such stopgaps keep funding levels flat, or even, accounting for inflation, in decline. In 2007, a plan was laid out to maintain US leadership in the field of nuclear physics, with the continued support of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a significant upgrade...

CERN Announces Large Hadron Collider Will Now Sleep Until 2015
2012-12-18 15:13:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced this morning that it will be giving its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) a bit of a rest until 2015. LHC completed its first three years of proton runs, and CERN said it will be giving the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator a break. The first three years of the LHC's proton-on-proton beam collision experiments have produced important finds,...

Black Hole Research Nets Stephen Hawking $3 Million Prize
2012-12-11 08:41:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the world´s most renowned physicists has likely got something bigger on his mind now than solving puzzles of the universe. Stephen Hawking, who has been shaking up the science world more than 25 years, has won a $3 million (£1.8m) Fundamental Physics Prize for his discovery in the 1970s that black holes emit radiation, for his work in quantum gravity and for his work in quantum aspects of the early universe. The...

Particle Collider To Become Accurate Stopwatch
2012-11-12 11:58:14

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just outside of Geneva, Switzerland is one of the world´s foremost ongoing experiments to explore not only the smallest components of our universe, but, in so doing, to understand the vastness of space, our universe as a whole, and just how it came into being. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is an approximately 17-mile-long ring buried some 330 feet underground which spans the border between Switzerland and France. The...

Particle Physics Mission Celebrates One Year In Space
2012-07-25 13:54:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Physicists around the world are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). The final crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour brought AMS to the International Space Station (ISS) during the STS-134 mission last year. Since being installed on the orbiting lab, the particle physics experiment module has collected about 17 billion cosmic ray events. "The AMS detector has so far achieved everything we...

Hunt For The Higgs: A Bet, A Glitch, And A Gateway
2012-07-05 15:29:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online About ten years ago British physicist Stephen Hawking was at a conference in South Korea when he made a small wager with University of Michigan physicist Gordon Kane that the long-theorized Higgs boson particle did not exist, a bet that Kane honored four years later, by sending the world renown physicist a check for $100, acknowledging that there was no Higgs. And then, just a few years later, in 2008, when the...

New Particle Discovery Could Be The Elusive Higgs Boson
2012-07-04 08:35:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Fourth of July is a day of celebration for millions of people all across America, celebrating the birth of a nation. But in Geneva, Switzerland, a much different celebration is occurring as scientists at Europe´s CERN research center have revealed the discovery of a new subatomic particle, one that could be the elusive Higgs boson or “God particle.” The revelation was made at a seminar held at CERN today (July...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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