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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…
At 31 kilometres long, the International Linear Collider is tipped to be one of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built. But why? ILC GDE

The International Linear Collider is coming – but why do we need it?

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. PA/CERN

Cutting-edge particle physics could bring cancer therapy home

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…
The predictions of current particle physics have been spectacularly validated. Michael J. Linden

A Higgs, the Higgs … is maths at the root of reality?

So, the Higgs boson … Last week, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) finally announced the new particle discovered last summer is indeed a Higgs boson, a particle predicted…
The Large Hadron Collider has temporarily shut down, but will return stronger than ever. CERN

Goodbye, for a while, to the Large Hadron Collider

The lord of the particle accelerator, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), went out of particle collision business for almost two years as of late last week. For particle physicists, Valentine’s Day 2013…
The Large Hadron Collider has been used to find out what matter is fundamentally made of, and how the universe was created. EPA/Martial Triezzini

Explainer: quarks

One of humanity’s eternal questions surrounds what we are fundamentally made of. Many ancient philosophies believed in a set of classical elements: from water, air, fire and earth of ancient Greeks; to…
The Higgs boson is alive with the sound of music. rafeejewell

Higgs the musical: the sound of the ‘God particle’

The July 4 discovery of a particle that closely resembles the Higgs boson opens a new era in science: it should help us understand some fundamental mysteries, such as how microscopic particles attain their…
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…
By smashing together particles at the highest energy readings ever recreated in a laboratory, the Large Hadron Collider, also known as the Big Bang machine, has helped scientists understand the nature of the universe. EPA/Martial Trezzini

Scientists say they have found a Higgs-like particle

Physicists this afternoon announced they have found evidence for a particle considered the biggest missing piece in the standard…
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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