Latest European Organization for Nuclear Research Stories

2009-05-08 09:45:00

Austria has plans to pull out of the international particle physics laboratory CERN, due to its share of high costs eating up too much of the country's budget for international research . The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has invented a machine where particles collide under the French-Swiss border outside Geneva, which is suppose to make conditions that are like the origin of the universe, also known as the "Big Bang." So far, the project has cost about $9 billion to...

2009-04-20 13:23:02

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the World Wide Web, is slated to address audiences on Wednesday during the opening ceremonies of the 18th international World Wide Web conference in Madrid, Spain. Berners-Lee's keynote address will "add to the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Web Technology," according to a conference statement. Berners-Lee worked alongside scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to create the framework of the World Wide...

2009-02-23 06:30:00

The race is underway to find evidence of a hypothetical particle called the Higgs boson, known as the "God Particle" because it is thought to give mass to the matter that makes up the universe. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory's Tevatron accelerator is competing against the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, and its grabbing the attention of particle physicists. "This has been the holy grail of high energy physics for the last 30 years," said Joe Lykken, a senior scientist at...

2009-02-17 13:50:00

Fermilab, the U.S. maker of the Tevatron accelerator, is claiming it's European rival, particle physics lab CERN, is rapidly losing ground in the race to discover the elusive Higgs boson, or "God particle," BBC News reported. Theoreticians predict the "God Particle" would help to explain why matter has mass and is a major goal of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). However, Fermilab says the odds of its detecting the famed particle first are now 50-50 at worst, and up to 96% at best. Both...

2009-02-10 00:40:00

Scientists will soon come to a decision on when to restart the Large Hadron Collider, the so-called "Big Bang" machine that suffered a costly malfunction after being switched on last September. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the builders of the multibillion-dollar project have been in meetings this week to discuss a re-launch of the LHC as well any possible new problems it could encounter. CERN is expected to make a final decision on the exact re-launch date following...

2009-01-05 13:30:00

Scientists say the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be back online soon in order to conduct a controversial experiment to recreate conditions just after the Big Bang. In September, the multibillion-dollar project in Geneva shut down after two of its magnets malfunctioned. The LHC is currently undergoing more than $20 million in repairs as well as a new protection system to avoid further problems when it is restarted this summer. "There's still a lot of work to do," project director Dr. Lyn...

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...

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...

2008-10-22 08:45:00

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) officially celebrated its experiment to discover the origins of the universe. It was a large inauguration, despite a technical hitch last month that shut it down within days of starting. Taking particular pride was Robert Aymar, director general of CERN. "When CERN chooses to be audacious, amazing things can happen," Aymar told government ministers, scientists and diplomats gathered for the event. The CERN experiment will investigate the...

2008-10-20 11:40:00

A spokesperson from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) told reporters on Friday that it would likely take most of the winter to repair problems that led to the forced shutdown of its atom smasher before resuming activity in spring.  The shutdown of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) last month occurred only 10 days after the experiment began, due to a helium leak in its tunnel. It was caused by a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets....

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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.