The World's Biggest Physics Experiment Is About to Reboot 

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. » 3/20/15 8:00am 3/20/15 8:00am

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 8:10pm 3/10/15 8:10pm

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

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

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

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

Particle Accelerators 101: If Only Every College 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. But if you're… » 4/23/13 10:49am 4/23/13 10:49am

The Large Hadron Collider Just Started On a Two-Year Vacation

The Large Hadron Collider has been pretty busy lately, probably discovering the Higgs Boson, and definitely not destroying the world and whatnot. It's probably earned a little time off, right? You bet it has, which is why it's going down for a two-year nap. » 2/17/13 11:00am 2/17/13 11:00am

The Large Hadron Collider Throws Away More Data Than It Stores

You'd think that with a price tag of billions of dollars the LHC would have more storage capacity than it could ever use. But with the machine producing a petabyte of data every second, the researchers simply can't store it all. » 5/31/12 10:20am 5/31/12 10:20am

A Large Hadron Collider Would Be Easy to Build If Ikea Made It

So why exactly did CERN spend billions and billions of dollars building the Large Hadron Collider when Ikea sells a perfectly good alternative, the Hädrönn Cjölidder, for considerably less cash? Sure, its Compact Muon Solenoid is made from ugly particle board, but think of the money you'll save by building it yourself. » 5/11/12 2:00pm 5/11/12 2:00pm

Why God Particle Is a Perfect Name For The Higgs Boson

I prefer to call it The Force—a particle that "surrounds us and penetrates us, binding the galaxy together"—but Czech physicist Luboš Motl makes a good case as to why the Higgs boson should be called the God Particle. » 12/18/11 6:15pm 12/18/11 6:15pm

Caltech Shatters Internet Speed Record: 186 Gbps

As if I couldn't hate my ISP any more, researchers at the SuperComputing 2011 conference set a new internet speed record transferring data with a combined rate of 186 Gbps, 67 Gbps faster than the previous record set in 2009. » 12/14/11 9:24am 12/14/11 9:24am

Scientists Still Chasing The Force, Getting Closer

After much excitement, the Force has not been found. But don't be sad, my fellow nerds. Scientists may have not found evidence of the Higgs boson yet, but they have discovered "tantalizing hints" that may indicate its presence. » 12/13/11 10:54am 12/13/11 10:54am

Scientists About to Find The Force

If confirmed next week, this will be the biggest news in the history of physics since the birth of the Theory of Relativity: CERN scientists may have already found evidence of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson. THE FORCE, dudes. » 12/08/11 1:00pm 12/08/11 1:00pm

LHSee for Android: Find Out What's Going On Inside the Large Hadron…

The Large Hadron Collider scares me. It's the baddest monster machine on the planet and it's capable of creating material that's denser than anything but black holes, it possibly found the Higgs Boson and probably can destroy humanity. It's an unknown beast. How do you make it less scary? Get to know it. LHSee (heh)… » 10/13/11 6:41pm 10/13/11 6:41pm

How Do You Shut Down the Second Most Powerful Particle Accelerator?

The Tevatron shut down yesterday. Before its duties were taken up by the the Large Hadron Collider, it accelerated highly charged particles through 4 miles of electromagnetic coil and vacuum tubes to discover the secrets of the universe. How do you turn a beast like that off? » 10/01/11 4:00pm 10/01/11 4:00pm

CERN Needs YOUR Help to Discover the Elusive God Particle

CERN are the multi-national keepers of the Large Hadron Collider, which is the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. But they need your help in their quest to find the Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the God Particle. » 8/09/11 5:04pm 8/09/11 5:04pm

Fermilab's Claim of New Subatomic Particle Discredited by Rival Team

Fermilab believed they hit the motherlode this past April after findings from the Tevatron particle accelerator suggested a new subatomic particle was out there. A second, independent group has analyzed that same data and claim there is no new particle. » 6/13/11 7:00pm 6/13/11 7:00pm

Large Hadron Collider Creates Densest Matter in the Universe Outside of…

The Large Hadron Collider, the baddest monster machine around, recently made a matter known as quark-gluon plasma. It's a hundred thousand times hotter than the inside of the sun and denser than anything in the universe, except black holes. » 5/25/11 9:19am 5/25/11 9:19am