A Radically New Particle Accelerator Could Have 500 Times the Power

If you know anything about the Large Hadron Collider, you know that it is huge. Massive. 17 miles of tunnels under Switzerland. Traditional accelerators need all that space to get particles to smash into each other at close to the speed of light. But scientists at Stanford have come one step closer to a new type of… » 11/06/14 4:30pm 11/06/14 4:30pm

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

LHC's $21 Million Single Joint Failure is the Most Expensive Soldering…

The Large Hadron Collider » 11/17/08 2:20pm 11/17/08 2:20pm, the world's most complicated machine that was felled by a single faulty solder joint , won't be back until summer 2009 now, at the earliest—a few months later than . And at what cost? $21 million in repairs. A drop in the bucket when the full $10 billion budget is considered, yes, but let's…

One Billion People Tuned in to See the LHC Break

The CERN scientists said the LHC's big malfunction » 9/21/08 12:00pm 9/21/08 12:00pm this weekend was the result of a "faulty electrical connection between two magnets that stopped superconducting, melted and led to a mechanical failure and let the helium out," but we snarky Internet folk know better. It was performance anxiety! With more than …

LHC Repair Update: Temperature Must Be Raised so Repairmen Don't Die

In case you were still worried about the LHC bringing on the biblical apocalypse » 9/20/08 4:00pm 9/20/08 4:00pm, you can calm down, because it turns out the Collider is going to be out of commission for a lot longer than previously thought. wasn't the cause of the shutdown at all, and the real problem means the LHC won't be back up and running…

Monitor Large Hadron Collider's Magnet Temperatures With Real Time…

Yeah, yeah, the Large Hadron Collider is in no real danger of accidentally opening up a black hole that swallows the world when it's finally fired up on August 7. We know. But still, we sometimes like to pretend it is, and this is where Cern's LHC cooldown status website comes in. Using it you can track the current… » 7/23/08 9:30am 7/23/08 9:30am