LHC Experiments Venture Into The Primordial Universe

The ALICE, ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN will reveal new findings in their exploration of the primordial universe today. They’ll do so at the Quark Matter 2012 conference in Washington, DC. Together, the projects have accumulated a plethora of new results, including new measurements of “the kind of matter that probably existed in the …

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“Particle Consistent With The Higgs Boson” Discovered At CERN

Observation Of Potential Higgs Boson

Today, the crackpot scientists at CERN revealed the detection of something resembling the Higgs boson. Or, if you want, a detection consistent with a Standard Model Higgs. That’s a far cry from several media reports claiming a definitive “discovery,” but something’s there. Whether it’s actually the Higgs or an entirely new particle is unclear. What …

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Neutrinos! Stop, In The Name Of The…Laws Of Physics!

I suppose I should write something about the outcome of that whole faster-than-light neutrino situation, given that I’ve written so much about them already. But I’ll make this one quick. On Friday, scientists at CERN announced the results of their latest neutrino speed test, called the Icarus experiment. The final answer? Neutrinos do not travel …

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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider To Increase Energy

The power of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will soon increase by 14%, reaching “a total collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts.” The particle accelerator is currently resting up after an exciting year in 2011. When it starts up again “later this year,” it will break its previous energy record and allow scientists a …

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Smallest Black Hole Discovered By NASA

NASA has discovered the “heartbeat” of what may be the smallest black hole ever recorded. The mass of the black hole places it “near the theoretical minimum mass required for a black hole to be stable,” and it was discovered by measuring the steady “heartbeat” of x-rays emanating from the binary star system IGR J17091-3624. Black …

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Light Particles Captured On Camera

Scientists have developed a “new imaging solution” that operates at a rate of one trillion frames per second, effectively allowing them to capture the propagation of light particles. What you see in the video is a short “burst of laser light” beaming through a [Coke] bottle.

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