As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
The most powerful and complex science experiment in the history of the universe is finally—after 14 years and $10 billion—about to begin. There's no telling what it may find, and that's entirely the point
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Physicists are praying that their 4-mile-long machine will detect a tiny bit of matter so elusive that some consider it practically divine.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the ATLAS and CMS experiments are expected to show their first data that offers a peek at the God Particle
A picture starts to emerge from the fog
François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.
Professors Tom Kibble and Tejinder Virdee were integral to the discovery of the elusive particle.
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As the U.S.'s premier particle physics machine retires, the search for the Higgs falls to the Large Hadron Collider alone
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
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After years of construction and months of hype, the world's largest particle accelerator goes online today
The most important papers to come from the world's biggest physics lab
For physicists, it was "an appointment with destiny."
Its significance, though, awaits further investigation.
It's not too late to upstage those smug Doctor Who fans.
Competition with the Large Hadron Collider heats up
And no, it's not the Higgs boson
Plus some cheesy jokes from one of the world's most famous living physicists
The heavy metal of the god particle
A nearly 6-sigma result says we are now surer than sure that the God particle is real
Setbacks for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland
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Competitor takes advantage of LHC's accident
May be "the most significant discovery in physics in half a century"
Sure, the Large Hadron Collider has another two decades of cutting-edge science left in it, but physicists are already designing the high energy experiments of the future.
Could radiation from the Higgs boson turn us all into monsters?? No, but watch this fun trailer, filmed on-site at the LHC by physics students.
After the Higgs boson, what new discoveries will we make?
Despite its potential to create microscopic black holes, the new particle accelerator is unlikely to collapse our planet
The Large Hadron Collider is now officially the world's most powerful particle accelerator
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These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
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Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about, think about this: A random fluctuation of the vacuum of space anywhere in the universe could flip the cosmic light switch to "off."
Although some of us feel like we've heard this story before
Move over, LHC -- the ILC will be 20 miles long
At least not yet
To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power
No dice. No new particles, either
Multi-terawatt lasers make acceleration possible on a scale of inches instead of miles
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
The new round of experiments aim to find out what matter looked like at the dawn of time
I'm ready for my Sputnik moment now
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Particle collisions are turning up unexpected quantum weirdness.
Mirano makes science high fashion. His clothing has featured beetle wings, galactic sparkles, and actual meteorites.
From New York, around Florida and up the Mississippi, all to study a subatomic particle that only lives two millionths of a second.
Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.
Science's greatest weakness is also its greatest strength
And this was only a test...
Large Hadron Collider temporarily offline from weasel or marten bite
A new project turns data from the Large Hadron Collider into live music
The sad case of the missing neutrino
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
"do not fear the higgs bosun"
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The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
What changes in language use can tell us about society
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing. PLUS: A gallery of today's most mind-blowing 'bots
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Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that's just the beginning
Our ancient quest to create androids is about to destroy the boundary between humans and machines. Futurist, author and inventor Ray Kurzweil explains how
The pedant within
Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.
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A too-brief encounter with Arthur C. Clarke, the grand old man of science-fiction visionaries.
What makes investors do the wrong thing, all together, pretty much all the time?
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The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
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