Tag Archives: Large Hadron Collider

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

Since shutting down in early 2013, the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has been sitting dormant. Over the past two years this scientific colossus situated at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, has undergone a series of repairs and upgrades. But now it is ready to reawaken from it’s slumber. […] … learn more→

Electron\’s negativity cut in half by supercomputer

While physicists at the Large Hadron Collider smash together thousands of protons and other particles to see what matter is made of, they\’re never going to hurl electrons at each other. No matter how high the energy, the little negative particles won\’t break apart. But that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. Using several massive supercomputers, […] … learn more→

Higgs hunt narrows

This week scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced tantalising news about the biggest piece missing from the physics jigsaw. The Higgs boson is a hypothetical particle used to explain why many of the fundamental particles in the Standard Model of particle physics have mass. Proving if it exists is tricky because the model doesn\’t […] … learn more→