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2009-09-11 09:58:13

The Large Hadron Collider will not become a white elephant, despite having operated just one week in the year since its debut, scientists in Switzerland said. The world's most powerful atom smasher began operation a year ago this month near Geneva amid great expectations it would recreate the conditions of the universe at its earliest infancy. A week later, the more than $8 billion collider broke down. Scientists have spent the last year replacing super magnets and inspecting parts designed...

2009-08-07 11:52:50

Switzerland's troubled Large Hadron Collider is expected to restart in November at half-speed and reach full capacity in 2011, scientists said. The world's most powerful atom-smasher initially began operating Sept. 10 but was shut down nine days later when two magnets failed, causing a serious helium leak in the cooling ring. The $6.7 billion collider, located in the suburbs of Geneva, has been under repair since then. When it starts smashing protons in mid-November, the collider is to run at...

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2009-08-07 06:40:00

The mysteries of the universe will remain unknown for a few months longer after the CERN announcement that the giant particle collider will restart in November. CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, says the restart will mean the world's biggest atom smasher will operate below full power. No more repairs would be necessary for "safe running" this year and next, according to a CERN statement. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) promises to unlock scientific mysteries about the...

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2009-06-21 07:35:00

The world's biggest atom smasher will be put to the test once more in September after scientists have conducted tests and set up additional safety precautions to stop any further mistakes that halted the $10 billion machine after its startup in 2008, the operator announced on Saturday. The Large Hadron Collider was intended to begin again in late September, but most likely will wait an additional two to three weeks, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research said. "We're...

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2009-05-28 09:49:11

Particle physics saves lives, connects continents through new channels of communication, helps us understand the world around us and inspires tomorrow's leaders. While the perils associated with particle physics, from Earth-gobbling black holes to Vatican-destroying amounts of antimatter, gain news headlines, it's easy to overlook the large economic and societal benefits of particle physics research. The technology designed and engineered for paradigm-shifting experiments, such as the Large...

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2009-04-01 15:20:00

An orbiting satellite has detected an anomalous energy signal that European astronomers say could be a sign of dark matter, the AFP reported. The researchers said they may have picked up a signature of this strange phenomenon, but more work is needed. Ordinary material such as atoms comprise perhaps as little as five percent of what makes up the cosmos, according to previous studies by astrophysicists calculating the amount of matter in the Universe. Data suggests the remainder...

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2008-12-16 11:26:38

UK scientists have successfully demonstrated energy recovery on the ALICE advanced particle accelerator design, potentially paving the way for new accelerators using a fraction of the energy required under conventional methods. At 2am on 13 December, ALICE's superconducting linear accelerator accelerated electrons to 99.9% of the speed of light, creating a beam with a total energy of 11 million electron volts. This was the first time the ALICE beam had been successfully transported around the...

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2008-12-07 10:45:00

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Friday a further delay to the resumption of the vast particle collider designed to stimulate the "Big Bang".Total costs to repair the Large Hadron Collider could be as high as 35 million Swiss francs ($29 million), including 15 million Swiss francs for repairs and 10-20 million Swiss francs for spare parts, said CERN spokesman James Gillies.The collider, the largest and most complex machine ever made, is now expected to resume...

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2008-11-17 11:40:00

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) reported on Monday that it will cost about 25 million francs, or $21 million, in order to make critical repairs on the world's largest atom smasher. The Large Hadron Collider was forced to shutdown prematurely just nine days after it started conducting experiments intended to recreate conditions that occurred immediately after the "Big Bang", which cosmologists believe is at the origin of our expanding universe. Officials initially...

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2008-10-12 10:22:33

Here's what didn't happen on Sept. 10th: The world did not end. Switching on the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, did not trigger the creation of a microscopic black hole. And that black hole did not start rapidly sucking in surrounding matter faster and faster until it devoured the Earth, as sensationalist news reports had suggested it might. Of course, because you're alive and reading this article today, you already knew that. Currently...