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2009-10-17 07:50:00

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment is now more frigid than deep space, making it one of the coldest locations in the Universe, BBC News reported. Recent adjustments in all eight sectors of the LHC have dropped the operating temperature to 1.9 kelvin (-271C; -456F). Liquid helium maintains the intense cold in nearly 17-mile long magnets that bend particle beams around the LHC.  The magnets are positioned end-to-end in a circular tunnel overlapping the Franco-Swiss border. The...

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2009-10-15 14:08:14

GLORIAD's Taj Network opens new horizons for U.S. scientists, educators and students from South Asia to North Pole The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Taj network has expanded to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD), wrapping another ring of light around the northern hemisphere for science and education. Taj now connects India, Singapore, Vietnam and Egypt to the GLORIAD global infrastructure and dramatically improves existing U.S. network links with...

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2009-10-05 09:45:00

Project makes online laboratories available to high school students, allowing them to gather real scientific data and, perhaps, think more like scientists Fifty years ago, a typical high school science fair featured several exploding volcanoes. Today, one would expect a science fair to look far more advanced. The sad truth, however, is that standard high school science has changed very little. "There is a growing gap between the practice of science the way researchers at Northwestern and...

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2009-09-28 12:00:00

After a widely publicized helium leak shut down the Large Hadron Collider last year, engineers began installing an early warning system they hope will prevent any similar problems, BBC News reported. When a "faulty splice" between magnets knocked the LHC offline last September, it delayed the start of science operations by more than a year. Now officials hope to restart the collider in mid November, where it will send two beams of particles crashing into each other at close to the speed of...

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...

2009-08-10 08:05:00

RESTON, Va., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi), a Reston-based technology services firm, has been awarded one of the Department of Defense's (DoD) premier applied research contracts -- the User Productivity Enhancement, Technology Transfer and Training (PETTT) contract for the DoD's High Performance Computing Modernization Office (HPCMO). Potentially worth $147 million over ten years, this win demonstrates HPTi's growing reputation within the DoD science and...

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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2009-07-30 16:20:00

The restart of the Large Hadron Collider has been pushed back from October to November, a CERN spokesman said on Thursday. James Gillies, spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), told the Associated Press that the delay is intended to allow extra time to repair two small helium leaks. He added that the restart schedule could still be pushed back further if any other problems were discovered between now and October. "Essentially what's happening is we're proceeding...

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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...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.