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The Tevatron collider — the world’s second most powerful particle accelerator — was shut down in 2011. Now, from beyond the grave, it’s revealing properties of the Higgs boson.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most audacious physics experiment in human history. Now scientists are about to restart the giant particle collider for a new set of experiments. Last time, they did the almost-impossible and found the Higgs Boson. This time, they might find something even more exciting.
Everyone’s favourite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is — in a word — complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography.
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.
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.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why just feed your body after you’ve rolled out of bed in the morning? Feed your mind too, with ThinkGeek’s heat-sensitive colour-changing Higgs Boson mug which enlightens you with details about the Large Hadron Collider and what it’s hunting for.
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.
Professor Stephen Hawking is not impressed by the discovery of the Higgs boson particle earlier this year. First, it lost him a $100 bet. Second, he would’ve been happier if a more “interesting” solution to the problem of the mass of the universe had been discovered.
Before the world wide web was a twinkle in Tim Berners Lee’s eye, CERN had developed the Grid — a world-spanning network of computing power to help drive the progress of physics.