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2010-12-07 05:57:32

European scientists said on Monday that the creation and capture of anti-hydrogen atoms has put them on track to solving one of the greatest cosmic mysteries. Anti-matter is of intense interest outside the global scientific community because it has often been thought of as a potential source of boundless and almost cost-free energy. The announcement from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) came just three weeks after another of the three teams at the particle research...

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2010-12-03 13:38:05

Directors of the CERN research center said that new data on the origins of the universe is pouring in so quickly that physicists may extend the current opening phase of their "Big Bang" project to the end of 2012. An extension could lead to an early discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to have turned an amorphous mass of particles into solid matter at the birth of the universe. "There is a big window for new discoveries opening up and we want to ensure the momentum of...

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2010-11-29 10:55:00

After less than three weeks of heavy-ion running, the three experiments studying lead ion collisions at the LHC have already brought new insight into matter as it would have existed in the very first instants of the Universe's life. The ALICE experiment, which is optimized for the study of heavy ions, published two papers just a few days after the start of lead-ion running. Now, the first direct observation of a phenomenon known as jet quenching has been made by both the ATLAS and CMS...

2010-11-27 15:49:26

After less than three weeks of heavy-ion running, the three experiments studying lead ion collisions at the LHC have already brought new insight into matter as it would have existed in the very first instants of the Universe's life. The ALICE experiment, which is optimised for the study of heavy ions, published two papers just a few days after the start of lead-ion running. Now, the first direct observation of a phenomenon known as jet quenching has been made by both the ATLAS and CMS...

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2010-11-18 06:15:00

Physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Wednesday that they had successfully trapped and stored antimatter atoms for the first time ever. Scientists from the Geneva, Switzerland-based research organization, in association with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, trapped a substance known as antihydrogen--the antimatter equivalent of hydrogen. The international...

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2010-11-16 08:26:17

Scientists working at the CERN research center in Geneva, Switzerland say their "Big Bang" project should show the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the four known -- length, width, height and time -- as early as next year. In the past eight months of results from experiments in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the scientists have gathered preliminary findings that could prove by the end of 2011 whether or not the mysterious Higgs boson really exists. A spokesman for one of...

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2010-11-08 13:54:00

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has taken new steps by smashing together lead ions instead of protons to create a "mini-Big Bang." Scientists working at the particle smasher achieved the feat on November 7. Experts working with the LHC created temperatures a million times hotter than the center of the sun. The LHC lies under the French-Swiss border near Geneva in a 16-mile long circular tunnel. The world's highest-energy particle accelerator has been colliding protons in search for the...

2010-11-04 17:16:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly fourteen billion years after the Big Bang, this month an American pornographer will screen intimate scenes from the conception of the cosmos in order to stimulate God to conceive new universes. Establishing a direct link from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland to an alternative arts space in Brooklyn, Jonathon Keats will attempt to arouse God with high-energy particle interactions not seen since the universe burst into...

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2010-11-04 07:10:00

Researchers working at the world's highest-energy particle accelerator on the Franco-Swiss border are nearly set to create the Big Bang on a miniature scale. Since 2009, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been smashing protons together, trying to shed light on the essential nature of matter. But for the upcoming experiments, planned for early November and running for four weeks, the team will have the accelerator collide lead ions instead. The collider, managed by the European...

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2010-10-27 13:23:51

An expert panel said today that the lifetime of the Tevatron "particle smasher" should be extended by three years. This extension will allow the particle smasher in Illinois to continue its hunt for the Higgs boson particle. The panel proposes the facility should continue to operate until 2014, helping it to outrace the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) in finding the elusive particle. The Higgs, also known as the God particle, is a sub-atomic particle crucial to theories of physics. The High...


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