What began with one man in a patent office and the insight that mass and energy are the same has culminated at the largest particle collider ever built, employing 2400 full-time employees and 10,000 visiting scientists: CERN
has announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, a major vindication for the Standard Model of particle physics. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee
on Jul 4, 2012 -
CERN has begun webcasting
a public seminar in which there may or may not be some announcement regarding the significance or otherwise of recent observations regarding the possible existence of something that might be the Higgs boson. I am not a nuclear physicist, so I will try and keep up but will mainly be trying to catch the significance of the observations they have collected so far. In case these are talked about in terms of sigmas (there's scuttlebutt going around that this is a 3.5 sigma event), here's
a table of sigma and probability. [more inside]
posted by carter
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Neutrinos discovered to be faster than light at CERN.
If confirmed, these results will overturn a century of one of the most basic assumptions in modern physics. 'Thousands of experiments have been undertaken to measure' the speed of light 'ever more precisely, and no result has ever spotted a particle breaking the limit. But Antonio Ereditato of the Orion collaboration and his colleagues have been carrying out an experiment for the last three years that seems to suggest neutrinos have done just that.' [more inside]
posted by VikingSword
on Sep 22, 2011 -
Something has happened to the world. Everything has been flattened into 2D - except you. Now the world needs you to put things back to normal. Antimatiere
is a small puzzle game where you move 2D objects around on walls and floors to solve problems. It also has a slight resemblence to Portal
in that placing doors and windows punches holes through the mentioned walls, allowing you to pass between different rooms. Warning: Requires the Unity Web Player
plugin to run. [more inside]
posted by ymgve
on Mar 9, 2011 -
BBC: Hadron Collider forced to halt.
An underground tunnel fault released one ton of liquid helium, which had been acting as coolant, into the tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider, causing 100 supercooled magnets to heat up by an extra 100°C and then fail. Vacuum was lost as well.
posted by WCityMike
on Sep 19, 2008 -
The ALICE Collaboration
is building a dedicated heavy-ion detector to exploit the unique physics potential of nucleus-nucleus interactions at LHC
energies. The aim is to study the physics of strongly interacting matter at extreme energy densities, where the formation of a new phase of matter, the quark-gluon plasma, is expected. This website aims both at introducing non-initiates to the field of physics covered by ALICE and at providing regular information
on the evolution of the experiment, with detailed reports of its results and analysis.
posted by netbros
on Sep 18, 2008 -
Not happy with the level of scientific discourse on The Discovery Channel
Fed up with missing out all those keynote addresses by top scientists at various conferences around the globe? Fear not! The Cable Science Network
is gearing up for launch. Billing itself as 'a C-Span for science'
they hope to use television to counter some of the crap
that usually rides the airwaves.
posted by PenDevil
on Nov 7, 2003 -