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The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

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.
Look into my high-energy particle physics and what do you see? CERN

Upgraded LHC pushes physics into the unknown

For less than the cost of a single Typhoon jetfighter, the upgraded LHC will push our understanding of physics to the brink.
Before the big bang. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Cheaper, more compact particle accelerators are a step closer

Scientists working on an experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US have taken a step forward in developing a technology which could significantly reduce the size of particle accelerators…
And then it falls apart, a bit like this. brookhavenlab

Quirky quark combination creates exotic new particle

Since the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the gigantic particle accelerator outside Geneva, have suffered a bit of a drought when it comes…
Universe’s secrets are revealed in a dark corner in Switzerland.

LHC celebrates five years of not destroying the world

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…
Results pertaining to the Higgs boson are “consistent with its existence”. jef safi

Higgs boson announcement – expert reaction

This expert reaction comes via the Australian Science Media Centre: CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) has this evening announced that the long-sought Higgs boson probably exists, after…
CERN’s work casts light on cloud formation, but might not have much to say about climate change. Taivasalla

Do cosmic rays influence climate? Some new results from CERN

Physicists at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) created something of an online kerfuffle last month when they sought to improve our understanding of cosmic rays and clouds. While their…
Another week, another rush to proclaim Einstein was wrong. Martial Trezzini/AFP

Neutrinos and the speed of light? Not so fast …

The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind in here” A faster-than-light neutrino walks into a bar … The media is champing at the bit to proclaim a discovery of faster-than-light travel by a subatomic…

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