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CERN Launches Upgrade Project For The Large Hadron Collider
2011-11-17 06:05:43

Physicists from around the world kicked off a major initiative on Wednesday to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN -- the world´s leading laboratory for particle physics -- into a vastly more powerful space research machine by 2020. The work brings together scientists and engineers from some 14 European institutions, Japan and the United States, with the goal of developing new technologies in fields ranging from super-conducting magnets to energy transfer lines. While...

2011-08-23 13:00:47

  Physicists are hinting that the Higgs-Boson particle, sometimes referred to as the “God particle”, may be nonexistent. According to the AFP news agency, physicists announced at a European conference that a big atom-smasher experiment had shown tantalizing hints of the Higgs-Boson, as the search to identify the particle enters the final stretch with results expected late next year. Physicist Howard Gordon, deputy US ATLAS operations program manager told AFP,...

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...

2011-04-27 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...

2011-03-15 13:54:26

CERN scientists announced on Monday that they have staged their first speed-of-light particle collisions of the year over the weekend. "It started up well, with stable beams. We are even a little ahead of schedule after the winter break," spokesman James Gillies told Reuters. The $10 billion project's leading physicist, Oliver Buchmueller, told Reuters that the top priority in 2011 and 2012 would be finding evidence of super-symmetry, extra dimensions, dark matter, black hole production and...

2011-02-21 09:55:00

In a recent webcast from NSF, physicists from the LHC discussed the search for the Higgs boson in 2011 and beyond View a webcast with Gustaaf Brooijmans of Columbia University and the US ATLAS experiment, and Aaron Dominguez of the University of Nebraska and the US CMS experiment. This February, researchers will renew their search for one of the universe's most elusive mysteries, the Higgs boson--a hypothetical particle that if found would give an insight into why particles have certain...

2011-02-10 10:39:10

Scientists at the CERN research center said on Wednesday that they would be moving ahead cautiously this year to avoid any possible breakdown in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC). They said that if all goes well they would step up the energy of particle collisions that most feel is vital to bring them near to finding the most mythical Higgs boson and evidence for the existence of dark matter. "We are pushing the limits," physicist Marco Zanetti told a seminar for CERN staff attended by...

2011-01-31 12:40:00

CERN announced on Monday that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will run through the end of 2012 with a short technical stop at the end of 2011. The decision to keep the LHC running gives its experiments a good chance of finding new physics in the next two years, before the LHC goes into a long shutdown to prepare for higher energy running starting 2014. CERN management made the decision after the annual planning workshop held in Charmonix last week. "If LHC continues to improve in 2011 as...

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