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2008-09-24 08:00:00

The massive particle collider built to simulate the conditions of the "Big Bang" will not restart until spring 2009 after a technical glitch forced its shutdown, according to the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN. Experts have been down into the 17-mile tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to see what they could determine about the damage. A helium leak into the tunnel housing, the biggest and most complex machine ever made, forced CERN to shut down its LHC...

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2008-09-20 12:15:00

The world's largest physics experiment will be delayed for two months after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experienced a meltdown due to a defective connection between two magnets, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) laboratory acknowledged. The mishap sent temperatures soaring by 100C degrees in a section of the 17-mile underground circuit near the Swiss-French border. The setback came only one day after the LHC's beam was restored by the replacement of a faulty...

2008-09-13 12:00:12

Hackers put a damper on celebrations of the Large Hadron Collider's successful start-up in Geneva, Switzerland, leaving a mocking message on its Web site. The computer hackers, calling themselves the Greek Security Team, created an unauthorized Web page on a site associated with the collider calling its security technicians "schoolkids" but indicating they weren't interested in disrupting the experiment, The Times of London reported Saturday. The Web site was open to scientists not...

2008-09-11 18:01:43

The potential for the world's largest atom smasher to destroy Earth is one question weighing on the minds of some lay people as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prepares to go online Wednesday. Don't worry, say the experts, who are more concerned with whether the 17 mile-long particle accelerator underground at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, Switzerland, will work as planned and, perhaps, reveal the existence of the so-called God particle. All...

2008-09-11 15:00:12

By JUDY SIEGEL It probably won't turn out to be quite as exciting as a black hole swallowing up planet earth, but the world's largest ever experiment, which kicks off on Wednesday, is still likely to take human knowledge a thrilling leap forward. Three of the 30 Israeli professors, students and technicians who have taken part in preparations for the historic launch of the gargantuan particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project, are already at the European...

2008-09-10 09:00:05

A beam of particles successfully completed its first lap in the multibillion-dollar Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists said. The nearly $7 billion collider will enable scientists to study, among other things, the nature of particles and explore dark matter -- matter that can't be directly observed but makes up most matter in the universe. The lap around the collider took less than an hour, The Times of London reported. Scientists had to wait about 50 seconds between...

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2008-09-10 09:05:00

Champagne corks popped in labs across the world as scientists celebrated the first successful run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Scientists hope the immensely complex particle-smashing machine will one day be able to recreate the conditions that caused the "Big Bang" to occur. The debut of the machine that cost 10 billion Swiss francs ($9 billion) registered as a blip on a control room screen at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, at about 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT)....

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2008-09-08 10:00:00

A new report published on Friday, 5 September, provides the most comprehensive evidence available to confirm that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)'s switch-on, due on Wednesday this week, poses no threat to mankind. Nature's own cosmic rays regularly produce more powerful particle collisions than those planned within the LHC, which will enable nature's laws to be studied in controlled experiments. The LHC Safety Assessment Group have reviewed and updated a study first completed in 2003, which...

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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...