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The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a modern engineering marvel of great importance to the scientific community. The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and it has been beset with obstacles over the course of is construction and during its operational history. Back in 2009, the LHC was damaged when a passing bird dive bombed a piece of bread onto a substation that was used to power the particle collider’s cryogenic systems. Fast forward to this week and yet another animal has knocked the LHC offline, but this time it was a ground assault instead of an attack from above. Amazingly, a weasel managed to chew on a 66-kilovolt electrical transformer cable and needless to say, the... Read more...
Following a shutdown of over two years for upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider — no doubt one of the largest pieces of hot hardware in the world — was brought back online yesterday at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC, which made good on its promise of delivering the Higgs boson in 2012, is now at last poised to begin making scientific history once again. “Congratulations,” CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer said to thousands of staff members from the control room of the Large Hadron Collider. “Now the hard work starts.” The news of the LHC's firing back to life was especially gratifying, as early last week it looked as though the resumption of proton-smashing by the LHC would be delayed... Read more...
Remember last year when physicists at CERN said they were pretty sure that they found the God particle? Now, after sifting through the data, they believe that they have indeed found the elusive Higgs boson particle. A physicist on the team and the group’s spokesman, Joe Incandela, said that "The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is." Large Hadron Collider The so-called God particle is thought to help explain how the universe came into being; that is, how elementary particles acquire mass. One question that the team has yet... Read more...