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 curious, … » 4/23/13 10:49am 4/23/13 10:49am

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

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

And Man Said: "Let There Be Light"

You are now watching the beginning of the Universe. Or better said, a small scale version of what scientists think happened one millionth of a second after the Big Bang, created inside the 16.77-mile acceleration ring of the Large Hadron Collider. » 11/08/10 4:00pm 11/08/10 4:00pm