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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

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

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

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… » 9/26/13 9:11am 9/26/13 9:11am

This Is What a Warp Drive Will Sound Like (Sorta)

Antimatter, the evil-twin-like opposite to every particle in the universe, is pretty wild stuff. While in the sci-fi world it powers warp drives, here in the frustrating confines of reality we still haven't figured out how to harness it. But thanks to some mad scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, now we know what… » 8/27/13 7:20am 8/27/13 7:20am

CERN's Voltron for Computers Now Supports Android Devices

For the past five years, the mad scientists at CERN have been connecting their computers to colleagues' around the world to pool their processing power. This so-called Worldwide Grid turns a regular old desktop into a supercomputer by just plugging in. Now it will do the same with smartphones and tablets. » 8/14/13 3:33pm 8/14/13 3:33pm

These 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… » 7/15/13 11:30am 7/15/13 11:30am

Planet Earth Can't Afford Its New Gigantic Particle Accelerator

A team of scientists unveiled the technical designs for the International Linear Collider (ILC), a proposed particle accelerator that could unravel the deepest mysteries of the universe. At just under 20-miles long, it's about 30 percent larger than the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider… » 6/12/13 4:12pm 6/12/13 4:12pm

Cern Explains Why the LHC Has To Go Bye-Bye For the Next Two Years

Science fans around the world were saddened when CERN announced its Large Hadron Collider would be shutting down for almost two years worth of repairs and upgrades. But as this video explains: that's ok. Because when the LHC is powered up again in 2015, it will finally be able to run at full capacity. » 3/20/13 8:19am 3/20/13 8:19am