CERN

  • After eight years of banging subatomic particles together, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is getting a major upgrade that, when it goes online in 2026, will increase the collision rates of the LHC by up to a factor of seven and allow around 10 times more data to be collected.
  • Antimatter is tricky to store and study, since it will vanish in a burst of energy if it touches regular matter. How can you transport something that will annihilate any physical container you place it in? Now, CERN researchers are planning to trap and truck antimatter from one facility to another.
  • ​Researchers at CERN have discovered a doubly charming new particle, which has long been theorized to exist. Named Ξcc++(Xicc++), the particle is the first found to contain two heavy quarks, and its confirmation should pave the way to a better understanding of the fundamental forces of physics.
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    ​Matter’s mysterious twin, antimatter, has become slightly less mysterious, thanks to new research at the CERN particle physics lab. Scientists have measured the optical spectrum of antihydrogen for the first time to check if antimatter behaves as predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.
  • Ever wanted to build a particle accelerator in your basement? Well if one University of Liverpool PhD student gets his way, you may soon be able to do that – with LEGO.
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    Apparently, if you take the data coming from one of the LHC's collision chambers and fool with it a bit, you can actually listen to music being made by protons colliding. That's exactly what a new project called the Quantizer has done – and you can listen in.
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    The Large Hadron Collider was knocked out of commission when a weasel stepped on the bare connections of a 66,000 volt transformer.
  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) recently set a new record, as CERN announced that the world's most powerful accelerator had achieved the highest-energy collisions of heavy atomic nuclei.
  • ​Glueballs are long sought-after exotic particles, created from pure force. Researchers at TU Wien claim to have discovered this mysterious particle in the remnants of collisions in particle accelerators.
  • In hopes of creating a practical, portable medical radiation source, CERN engineers have come up with mini-Linac, a 2-m (6.5-ft) long miniature linear particle accelerator designed primarily for medical imaging and radiotherapy applications.
  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) took a major step forward this week following a two-year overhaul as the CERN team fired up two counter-rotating proton beams that were injected into the LHC using the Super Proton Synchrotron, then accelerated to an energy of 450 GeV each.
  • As the saying goes, you can't keep a good particle accelerator down. In Switzerland, CERN announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online after a major overhaul and refit. This power-up of the most powerful particle accelerator in the world marks the culmination of two years of work.