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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.


Stephen Hawking Doesn't Think The Higgs Boson Is Interesting Enough

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.


Everything You Need To Know About The Grid, CERN's Global Supercomputer

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.


Five Things You Should Know About The Nobel Prize Winner's Higgs Boson

Analysts said it would happen. Professor Stephen Hawking said it should happen. And now it has. Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, or ‘God particle’, has been given a Nobel Prize for his efforts along with Belgian physicist Francois Englert.


You Can Now Explore The Large Hadron Collider On Street View

Google Street View is a great way to explore parts of the world you’ve never visited. And thanks to Google’s European team, it’s now one of the easiest ways to explore a facility you’re not exactly allowed to just stroll through whenever you want. Google’s panoramic cameras were given access to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, letting anyone poke around the gigantic machinery and the facility’s endless network of tunnels.


Inside CERN's Massive Computer Centre

Given how much data the scientists at CERN have to crunch through, it’s not surprising that it take its computing power seriously. This video takes a look inside the massive computer centre that allows the magic to happen.


What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into A Particle Accelerator

Today I found out what happens when you stick your head into a particle accelerator. Exhibit A: Anatoli Petrovich Bugorski, a Russian scientist who has the distinction of being the only person to ever stick his head in a running particle accelerator. Shockingly, he also managed to survive the ordeal and, all things considered, came out without too much damage.


Monster Machines: Quadpole Super Magnets Will Increase The LHC's Power Tenfold

Just because Cern researchers discovered the Higgs Boson particle last year doesn’t mean it’s time to close up shop on the biggest scientific instrument humanity ever created. Instead, the scientific community has plans to upgrade and retrofit the Large Hadron Collider with bigger, better, and more powerful systems over the next decade — like the US LHC Accelerator Program’s (LARP) new interaction region quadrupole magnets (IRQM) that will help tease every last one of the Higgs-Boson’s secrets.


Particle Accelerators 101: If Only Every University Course Was Animated

Are you still scratching your head over what a particle accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider actually does? Don’t feel bad, the LHC is the most complicated piece of scientific equipment mankind has ever built. And unless you’re a physicist, you’ll probably never understand its intricacies.


Reconcile Your LHC Shutdown Sadness With A Higgs Boson Watch

Are you having a hard time dealing with the Large Hadron Collider’s two-year maintenance shutdown? Do you miss waking up every morning to the potential of another big particle discovery in the news? Then strap this awesomely animated Higgs Boson watch to your wrist as a reminder that in no time the LHC will be back in business.