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2011-02-28 13:05:00

Researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) said they expect to discover the elusive Higgs boson particle by the end of 2012. If the LHC does not show any evidence of the mysterious particle during this run, physicists said that they may have to significantly alter their views of physical laws. The Higgs boson particle explains why other particles have mass, but it has not yet been observed by physicists. The LHC is housed in a 16-mile long tunnel under the French-Swiss border....

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2011-02-21 09:55:00

In a recent webcast from NSF, physicists from the LHC discussed the search for the Higgs boson in 2011 and beyond View a webcast with Gustaaf Brooijmans of Columbia University and the US ATLAS experiment, and Aaron Dominguez of the University of Nebraska and the US CMS experiment. This February, researchers will renew their search for one of the universe's most elusive mysteries, the Higgs boson--a hypothetical particle that if found would give an insight into why particles have certain...

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2011-02-10 10:39:10

Scientists at the CERN research center said on Wednesday that they would be moving ahead cautiously this year to avoid any possible breakdown in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC). They said that if all goes well they would step up the energy of particle collisions that most feel is vital to bring them near to finding the most mythical Higgs boson and evidence for the existence of dark matter. "We are pushing the limits," physicist Marco Zanetti told a seminar for CERN staff attended by...

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2011-01-31 12:40:00

CERN announced on Monday that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will run through the end of 2012 with a short technical stop at the end of 2011. The decision to keep the LHC running gives its experiments a good chance of finding new physics in the next two years, before the LHC goes into a long shutdown to prepare for higher energy running starting 2014. CERN management made the decision after the annual planning workshop held in Charmonix last week. "If LHC continues to improve in 2011 as...

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2011-01-11 05:55:00

The search for the elusive Higgs boson particle appears on track to become a one-horse race this year, after the United States' Tevatron accelerator was denied an extension to remain operating through 2014. The Tevatron particle smasher will now conclude its operations this year, after which Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will have a clear shot at searching for the particle, a vital part of current theories of physics, BBC News reported. The Tevatron facility is operated by the Fermi...

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2010-12-07 05:57:32

European scientists said on Monday that the creation and capture of anti-hydrogen atoms has put them on track to solving one of the greatest cosmic mysteries. Anti-matter is of intense interest outside the global scientific community because it has often been thought of as a potential source of boundless and almost cost-free energy. The announcement from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) came just three weeks after another of the three teams at the particle research...

2010-12-07 00:00:45

Researchers at RIKEN, Japan's flagship research institution, have successfully devised the world's first experimental technique for measuring ground-state hyperfine transitions of antihydrogen. By enabling scientists to test fundamental theories of symmetry and gravity, the new technique promises to shed light on some of the most profound mysteries of our universe. (PRWeb UK) December 6, 2010 New technique for antihydrogen synthesis promises answers to mysteries of antimatter Researchers...

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2010-12-03 13:38:05

Directors of the CERN research center said that new data on the origins of the universe is pouring in so quickly that physicists may extend the current opening phase of their "Big Bang" project to the end of 2012. An extension could lead to an early discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to have turned an amorphous mass of particles into solid matter at the birth of the universe. "There is a big window for new discoveries opening up and we want to ensure the momentum of...

2010-12-02 15:46:52

Europe's leading scientists urge creation of a CERN for Mathematics Europe needs an Institute of Industrial Mathematics to tighten the link between maths and industry as an enabler of innovation "“ putting maths at the heart of Europe's innovation, according to the European Science Foundation in a report launched today in Brussels at the "Maths and Industry" Conference. Such an Institute would help not only to overcome the fragmentation that currently characterises mathematics research...

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2010-11-18 06:15:00

Physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Wednesday that they had successfully trapped and stored antimatter atoms for the first time ever. Scientists from the Geneva, Switzerland-based research organization, in association with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, trapped a substance known as antihydrogen--the antimatter equivalent of hydrogen. The international...