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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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2010-11-08 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...

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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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2010-10-26 10:57:45

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) destined for the International Space Station already is collecting cosmic ray signatures, even as it sits in a work stand at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, said Prof. Samuel Ting, the principal investigator for the program. It "Ëœs not making any grand discoveries yet, since the particles it is picking up were stripped of some of their qualities when they passed through Earth's atmosphere. But...

2010-10-19 13:00:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The winner of the USD$45,000 prize in the Adventure with Julie competition sponsored by Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld, is blogging from an Emperor Penguin colony in Antarctica. Chris Epting and his daughter Claire are adventure cruising with SeaWorld Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina, aboard Quark's 24,000 horsepower Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100910/NE62314 ) (Photo:...

2010-09-23 10:48:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Because travelers to the polar regions cannot try before they buy, Quark Expeditions has produced a number of video guides to provide a visual taste of the adventure that awaits. Two new guides were posted to the polar specialist's website. The Expedition Experience explains the difference between an expedition cruise and a traditional cruise. The Northwest Passage video depicts the history of the quest for the northern route to Asia. (Photo:...

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2010-07-27 08:19:17

A group of University of Toronto high-energy physicists, along with their 3,000 ATLAS colleagues, announced they have broken world records in the search for new particles as the first findings from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were presented July 26 in Paris, France. The first results, following only three months of successful operation of the LHC, have "re-discovered" some of the familiar particles that lie at the heart of the Standard Model of physics.  The Standard Model theory has...

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2010-07-25 08:05:00

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is giving physicists hopeful candidates in the hunt for the heaviest elementary particle known to science. According to BBC News, so far their observations have been leading them in that direction. If the observations can be confirmed, it would be a first for Europe as the top quark particle has only been generated in one lab in the US. Dr Arnaud Lucotte, from the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), said the discovery could help physicists...

2010-05-04 08:00:00

FREMONT, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the world leader in clinical development of RNAi-based therapeutics, announced today that data from the Phase I QPI-1002 (I5NP) DGF Study (NCT#00802347) will be presented at the 2010 American Transplant Congress, taking place May 1-5 in San Diego, California. QPI-1002, the first systemically administered siRNA drug in humans, is designed to temporarily inhibit expression of the p53 stress-response gene. QPI-1002 is in...

2010-03-09 08:00:00

DENVER, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtela, the world's largest independent managed network services company, today announced that Quark Inc. has renewed its contract for global network services with Virtela. Since migrating to Virtela, Quark has reduced network costs by 30 percent and improved customer satisfaction and retention through better network and application performance. A leader in publishing for nearly 30 years, Quark provides dynamic publishing solutions for customers...