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The LHC Is Going To Produce 400PB Of Data Every Year

At the Large Hadron Collider, some serious science goes down. So serious, in fact, that the facility plans to ratchet up its data collection to the point where it’s creating a staggering 400PB of data every year.


What Would Happen If You Peed Into A Particle Accelerator?

I have visited CERN and they have sections of the accelerator you can look at. It’s a mess — to you and me — wires and tubes. This has not been built for consumers. There’s no pink model; there will not be a thinner and lighter 2.0; and Nike is not sponsoring a limited edition line. In other words — no safety measures in place for rogue urinators.


Can You Help CERN Identify What's Happening In These Archive Images?

As an institute full of scientists, you might think CERN was good at keeping records. But it’s happened upon a stash of archived images that seem to make no sense whatsoever — and it wants you to help it work out what they show.


Here's What The Higgs Boson Sounds Like When Scientist-Musicians Play It

Data can translate to music too. So for CERN’s 60th birthday, a group of physicists got together to play music based on sonification data taken from the Swiss lab’s for detectors. And it’s beautiful!


What It Takes To Build The Largest Particle Collider Ever Made

The Large Hadron Collider is an enormous feat of engineering: A 27.36km tunnel packed with fragile scientific instruments that took 25 years to imagine and 10 to construct. But now, scientists at CERN have chosen an engineering firm to build its successor — a collider that will be triple the size of the LHC.


Explaining Particle Accelerators With A Vacuum And 1000 Foam Balls

If you know what a “Time Projection Chamber” or “Proton Synchrotron Booster” is, you’re probably a physicist. And if you can explain them to non-physicists, you’re a hero. This complicated glass model attempts to make understanding particle physics a little bit easier — with the help of a vacuum cleaner and 150 metres of tubing.


This Large Hadron Collider Umbrella Keeps You Dry With Science

As CERN’s Large Hadron Collider attempts to discover unknown particles that could unravel the mysteries of our universe, this LHC-themed umbrella will help you deal with more common particles as they fall from a raincloud.


Amazing Tumblr Reminds Us That Particle Physics Is A Lonely Pursuit

CERN is home to some of the brightest minds in science and the origin of some of physics’ biggest findings — but this Tumblr serves as a reminder that particle physics is a very lonely pursuit indeed.


Large Hadron Collider Finds New Particle Unlike Any Other Form Of Matter

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles — and now they have found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.


Listening To The Secret Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider

From the Golden Gate Bridge to an ancient Japanese bell, the physical structures around us are humming with secret sound. Artist Bill Fontana has made a career of capturing these haunting and complex soundscapes. As an artist at residence at CERN, he’s mostly recently been listening in on the world’s largest particle collider.


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