CERN isn’t only breaking ground in physics, but also in open access to science.
It's not enough to do groundbreaking research if the results are kept from the public. So CERN is making its results available to everyone via open access, showing how science should be done.
All the magnets we’ve ever seen have a north and a south, but there might be some out there that have only one end.
Physicists have theorised about the existence of a magnetic monopole for decades, but we have yet to find one.
There have been squabbles of course, but the science project in Geneva is an example of putting differences aside to pursue common goals.
Researchers working on the LHC have been struggling to find new particles lately. But the latest results suggest things may be about to change.
Astronomers believe that the dark blue ring in this image must be mysterious dark matter.
While we know that dark matter exists, we have no idea what it is. Luckily, there is no shortage of suggestions.
Ice cold physics: hunting for neutrinos in Antarctica.
Sven Lidström, IceCube/NSF
A cubic kilometer of clear, stable ice could help physicists answer big questions about cosmic rays and neutrinos. Hardy scientists collect data via a unique telescope at the frozen bottom of the world.
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?
McDonald and Kajita sharing the happy news shortly after the announcement.
One of tiniest particles in physics has won the biggest prize in science – for the fourth time.
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 things I do for my housemates’ downloading habit…”
Maths by Sergey Nivens/www.shutterstock.com
How a long dead mathematician called Maxwell can speed up your internet.
Magnets have mysterious powers – now shown to influence heat and sound.
Magnet image via www.shutterstock.com.
Sound waves are made of particles called phonons. New research shows they're affected by magnetic fields, with researchers able to steer heat magnetically.
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.
What lies within?
Ticking off subatomic particles one by one, now let's see what an LHC upgrade will do.
Confused? You will be.
It's time we embraced quantum mechanics and stopped trying to explain away its weirdness.
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.
The evolution of particle breakdown in railway ballast – the crushed rock under railway tracks to absorb the weight of trains…