Latest Collider Stories

2010-02-22 06:30:00

Scientists are preparing for a new crusade in the exploration of the secrets of the universe, when in the days ahead, they will restart the world's most powerful atom-smasher, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Sunday. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 5.6 billion dollar project, was shut down in December to ready it for upcoming collisions at unprecedented levels of energy. It was run for a few weeks after being repaired from a 14 month breakdown. The LHC, a...

2010-02-16 12:40:00

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York report they have created the hottest temperature in the lab -- 4 trillion degrees Celsius -- which is thought to be consistent with actual temperatures that existed when the universe was born. The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) was used to smash gold ions together to make super-heated explosions that lasted only milliseconds. RHIC is a particle accelerator that is 2.4 miles around and is buried...

2010-01-07 08:40:01

Three Iowa State University physicists who took winter trips to the Large Hadron Collider for meetings and experimental work are starting to see real data from the planet's biggest science experiment. Finally. The multibillion-dollar collider made international news on Sept. 10, 2008, when it sent its first beam of protons around 17 miles of underground tunnel near Geneva, Switzerland. But breakdowns in the machine's high-current electrical connections forced a complete shutdown for more than...

2009-12-19 07:45:00

CERN's Large Hadron Collider set a new record this week in its quest to recreate Big Bang conditions and allow scientists to gain a better understanding of the nature of matter, Reuters reported. Now, CERN plans to shut the collider down for a few months in order to get ready for even higher energy work. "This first running period has served its purpose fully: testing all the LHC's systems, providing calibration data for the experiments and showing what needs to be done to prepare the machine...

2009-12-10 06:10:00

The largest atom smasher in the world has caught its first high-energy collision of protons, CERN announced on Wednesday. Physicists are hoping that these collisions will give them better insight into phenomena like dark matter and antimatter. They also believe it will ultimately help them understand the beginning of the universe billions of years ago, which many believe is the result of a massive explosion known as the Big Bang, reported the Associated Press. The collisions were...

2009-11-30 10:20:00

The "Big Bang" test at CERN in Switzerland achieved a world record Monday when beams were increased to the highest energy ever attained in a particle collider, the research center declared. Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said the accomplishment was a huge milestone for the future progress of what they hope will reveal clues to the creation of the universe. The triumph emerged 10 days after the world's biggest scientific experiment was resumed...

2009-11-23 13:30:00

Scientists working on the world's biggest accelerator have restarted an experiment to recreate "Big Bang" conditions in an effort to better understand the origins of the universe, Reuters reported. The underground Large Hadron Collider is machine that scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have established to circulate particle beams in both directions. CERN spokesman James Gillies said the researchers are already beyond where the experiment stalled during a first...

2009-11-21 06:50:00

The LArge Hadron Collider, which was shut down after its inauguration in September 2008 amid technical faults, restarted on Friday, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said. The CERN spokesman said they hope to have beams circulating by early Saturday in the huge tunnels beneath the French-Swiss border. "The first tests of injecting sub-atomic particles began around 1600 (1500 GMT)," CERN's James Gillies told AFP. He said the injections lasted a fraction of...

2009-11-18 06:00:00

According to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is expected to be restarted by this weekend after over a year of repairs. Spokesman James Gillies says scientists have refrained from setting an exact date for sending beams of protons around the 17-mile circular tunnel housing the world's largest atom smasher. Gillies says the organization known as CERN is taking its time with the sophisticated equipment. The LHC was launched last year before...

2009-10-27 11:25:00

Engineers have successfully injected beams of particles into two sections of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), marking the first time particle beams have been inside the LHC since it was shut down in September 2008, BBC News reported. Scientists working on the giant particle accelerator called it "a milestone" and plan to circulate a beam around the 16 mile-long tunnel in November. Last year, a magnet problem called a "quench" caused the LHC to leak a ton of liquid helium, forcing it to shut...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.