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Particle accelerators are helping to push forward the frontiers of theoretical physics but they've also had more impact on your everyday life than you realise.
Shaken not stirred …
Getting tellurium and phosphorus to form a molecule is stupidly hard and not very glamorous. Here's why it's worth the effort.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data.
Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass. But what is mass?
We talk about mass all the time but what is it that actually gives an object mass? And why do some things have mass and others have no mass at all?
Neutrinos, we’re looking for you! Japan’s Super-Kamiokande detector.
Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo
The Nobel Prize-winning research on neutrinos is expected to push the boundaries of science and technology.
Dark matter is notoriously hard to detect, but a new experiment might finally shed light on this mysterious substance.
A new detector built deep underground in a gold mine will hopefully unravel the mystery of dark matter.
The latest data from the particle accelerator that found the Higgs Boson has confirmed another of our theories about how the universe works.
Running the world's largest particle accelerator requires a lot of energy, but it could reveal the secrets of the universe.
An artist’s impression of the much-searched for magnetic monopole.
Heikka Valja/MoEDAL Collaboration
The restart of experiments at CERN's Large Hardron Collider could mark the start of a new era of discovery or a big disappointment.
Gearing up for another run.
CERN's huge particle accelerator has been switched back on after a two-year upgrade to continue its search for answers.
The CMS detector at the LHC.
New results from the Large Hadron Collider further could help eliminate some theoretical possibilities for what lies beyond the standard model of particle physics.
The epoch of the leptons existed for nine seconds after the Big Bang.
Big Bang by Shutterstock
Subatomic particles have shaped and continue to shape our universe but despite perfect predictions by physicists, the theory about unseen particles is still wrong.
Look into my high-energy particle physics and what do you see?
For less than the cost of a single Typhoon jetfighter, the upgraded LHC will push our understanding of physics to the brink.
The CERN datacentre is the ground zero, but only part, of a worldwide computing grid.
The 'supercomputer' that processes LHC's data is a networked grid that spans the entire planet.
A 3D artist has dissected the LHC in this composite image, showing a cut-out section of a superconducting dipole magnet. The beam pipes are represented as clear tubes, with counter-rotating proton beams shown in red and blue.
The Large Hadron Collider is ramping up to probe even deeper into the fundamental constituents of matter.
Move over LHC: the next generation of circular accelerator is being planned.
While the world’s largest circular particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – will continue operation for the next few years, scientists have already started the conversation to build a much…
We knew the HIggs boson decayed into bosons; now we’ve seen it crumble into fermions.
Last week, the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, showed evidence for the first time that a Higgs boson decays into a pair of tau particles. It is one of the crucial results…
Universe’s secrets are revealed in a dark corner in Switzerland.
Five years ago, at breakfast time, the world waited anxiously for news from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The first nervy bunch of protons were due to be fired around the European…
At 31 kilometres long, the International Linear Collider is tipped to be one of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built. But why?
While the world’s most powerful particle accelerator - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - is on a two-year hiatus for repairs and upgrade, engineers are getting ready to construct the next generation of…
The Hadron Collider was built to find the Higgs Boson but it might also help us discover better ways to treat cancer.
The recent case of Neon Roberts and the legal dispute over his treatment for a brain tumour threw the spotlight on the potential risks of using radiotherapy to treat complex cancers in children. Radiotherapy…