This opera filmed inside the CERN Large Hadron Collider looks quite epic

Symmetry is a dance and opera film that was directed by Ruben van Leer and was shot inside the CERN Large Hadron Collider. It looks pretty epic and totally intriguing with some scenes feeling a little bit like Interstellar. The film will premiere on March 15 in Amsterdam. » 3/10/15 11:46pm 3/10/15 11:46pm

The Photography at CERN Is Helping Solve the Mysteries of the Universe

Everyone's favorite 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. » 2/27/15 11:20am 2/27/15 11:20am

The Story of the First Photo on the Web

CERN, the world's most awe-inspiring physics research facility, is pimping some images of its newly renovated Large Hadron Collider today. It reminds me of the very first time CERN pimped some images on the web nearly a quarter century ago. Let's just say they were not entirely scientific in nature. » 2/16/15 2:05pm 2/16/15 2:05pm

CERN Wants Artists and Architects Working Alongside Its Physicists

What do art and high-energy physics have in common? Quite a bit, if you think about it: Space, time, and the structure of the visible and invisible world, for starters. That's why CERN has spent the past four years inviting artists into its headquarters, and why, for the first time, it's now inviting an architect to… » 1/26/15 11:50am 1/26/15 11:50am

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. » 11/05/14 7:00am 11/05/14 7:00am

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… » 10/27/14 4:00pm 10/27/14 4:00pm

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. » 10/24/14 6:15am 10/24/14 6:15am

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! » 10/03/14 10:59am 10/03/14 10:59am

What It Takes to Build the Largest Particle Collider Ever Made

The Large Hadron Collider is an enormous feat of engineering: A 17-mile 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. » 9/19/14 3:40pm 9/19/14 3:40pm

Explaining Particle Accelerators With a Vacuum and 1,000 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 500 feet of… » 7/07/14 4:20pm 7/07/14 4:20pm

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. » 4/23/14 10:40am 4/23/14 10:40am

The LHC Has Found a 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've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter. » 4/11/14 6:33am 4/11/14 6:33am

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. » 4/11/14 5:45am 4/11/14 5:45am

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… » 3/12/14 9:40am 3/12/14 9:40am

Science Wants a Large Hadron Collider That's Over Three Times As Big

The Large Hadron Collider certainly lives up to its name: the underground behemoth is nearly 17 miles in circumference. Oh, and it also helped scientists discover the Higgs Boson, no big deal. But those crazy scientists always want more, which is why CERN, the particle physics group behind LHC, wants to build it a big… » 2/07/14 1:20pm 2/07/14 1:20pm

CERN Hid Lego Figurines All Over During Its Google Street View Shoot

If simply getting a peek inside the guts of CERN isn't cool enough, the lab's computer security officer, Stefan Lüders, has a secret treat for the nerds among us. Just before Google Street View came to visit, he and his crew hid Lego figurines all over CERN's Computing Center. About 20 of them—including aliens, a… » 12/19/13 10:48am 12/19/13 10:48am

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. » 11/13/13 8:00am 11/13/13 8:00am

Everything You Need to Know About the Grid, CERN's Global Supercomputer

Before the word 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. » 10/16/13 3:47am 10/16/13 3:47am

Behold: Adorable Hand-Drawn GIFs That Explain Higgs-Boson

You hear about the Higgs-Boson all the time, but do you know what it is? If the answer is no, fear not: It's complex and confusing. Luckily, the New York Times has a beautiful, animated explainer to break it down for you in layman's terms. [New York Times] » 10/08/13 12:20pm 10/08/13 12:20pm

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. » 10/08/13 9:45am 10/08/13 9:45am