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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.
You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass. But what is mass? Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Explainer: 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?
Dark matter is notoriously hard to detect, but a new experiment might finally shed light on this mysterious substance. Dirk Dallas/Flickr

How we plan to bring dark matter to light

A new detector built deep underground in a gold mine will hopefully unravel the mystery of dark matter.
The epoch of the leptons existed for nine seconds after the Big Bang. Big Bang by Shutterstock

Explainer: what are fundamental particles?

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? 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.
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. Daniel Dominguez/CERN

The LHC is back and it’s ready to probe the limits of matter

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. Fotografik33/Flickr

A larger hadron collider? Why bigger is better in particle physics

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. ATLAS

Higgs boson’s decay confirms physics model works

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.

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…

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