Latest Large Hadron Collider Stories

2011-06-17 08:00:00

TORONTO, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Platform Computing, the leader in cluster, grid and cloud management software, today announced that its collaboration and technology partnership with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has been recognized as a 2011 Honors Laureate candidate by Computerworld. The annual award program, which honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change, recognized CERN's...

2011-06-11 08:40:14

Data that hinted at the possible discovery of a new sub-atomic particle has been rejected after cross-checks failed to find support for the initial observation, according to a recent BBC News report. Researchers working on the CDF experiment at the US Tevatron "atom smasher" announced in May that they had detected exciting hints of a possible unanticipated particle. But in a separate experiment --called DZero -- cross-checks of the data lacked any good evidence of the findings. The DZero...

2011-05-24 07:33:04

A senior physicist said on Monday that the CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) set a new record in its quest to pinpoint the elusive particle known as the Higgs Boson. "Last night, a symbolic frontier was crossed," said Michel Spiro, president of the board of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), according to the AFP news agency. The rate of sub-atomic collisions at the world's biggest particle collider has multiplied 10-fold in the last month. The 16.9-mile tunnel is...

2011-05-18 05:55:00

Physicists may finally be close to answering one of the biggest mysteries in science "“ whether or not a "God particle", or Higgs boson, exists. In theory, the Higgs boson is responsible for mass, without which there would be no gravity and no universe. The notional sub-atomic Higgs particle was named after British physicist Peter Higgs, who proposed its existence in 1964. Until now, the massive energies required to extract the Higgs from the building blocks of matter have not been...

2011-05-06 11:22:33

Researchers use the NSF-supported Ranger supercomputer to explore alternative particle theories As the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ramps up the rate and impact of its collisions, physicists hope to witness the emergence of the Higgs boson, an anticipated, but as-yet-unseen, fundamental particle that scientists believe gives mass to matter. The Higgs boson is a central component of the "standard model," a theory that defines the relationships between the forces of the universe. But, what if...

2011-04-27 06:10:00

Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) played down claims of a significant discovery, after a leaked memo hinted that the elusive "God particle" may have been found. Experts say speculation of the dramatic finding for the Higgs boson particle is premature. The leak surfaced online and then was spread rapidly among the scientific community. A spokesman for CERN -- the European Organization for Nuclear Research -- confirmed that the note was authentic. But he told BBC News that the...

2011-04-23 08:20:54

Scientists reported on Friday that they smashed particles together at a record intensity. Researchers working at the CERN physics research center reported that they fed beams into the giant Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with 6 percent more particles per unit than the previous record held by the U.S. Fermilab's Tevatron collider last year. "There's a lot of excitement at CERN today, and a tangible feeling that we're on the threshold of new discovery," Serge Bertolucci, CERN's Director for...

2011-04-18 06:20:00

"Israel is joining an exclusive club, which provides unusual visibility, exposure, prestige and international status," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in announcing the cabinet decision that it had approved the country's membership in the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), becoming the research group's first non-European delegation, AFP is reporting. Netanyahu tells AFP that membership in the organization, reflected the "capabilities of Israeli scientists and constitutes...

2011-04-06 14:55:56

According to an AFP report, data from the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) may have revealed a new elementary particle, or potentially a new force of nature. The new find offers clues to the persistent riddle of mass and how objects obtain it, which is one of the most sought-after answers in all of physics. Experts, however, caution that more analysis is needed to uncover the true nature of the discovery. "There could be some new force beyond the...

2011-03-29 06:25:00

Physicists study rare particles to learn why the universe has more matter than antimatter Using data from experiments performed in 2010 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, scientists are studying rare particle decays that could explain why the universe has more matter than antimatter. Led by Sheldon Stone, a physicist at Syracuse University, a group of scientists recently published their first observations of two different...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'