After two years of upgrades, the world’s largest particle accelerator is back in business. And it’s already bashing subatomic particles together at higher energies than ever before to probe the most fundamental questions about the nature of the universe.
Late yesterday, CERN scientists made history by using the most powerful particle accelerator in the world to hurl beams of protons together at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV (tera-electronvolts) — a full 5 TeV higher than the previous standard.
Particle physicist and musician Piotr Traczyk has taken data plots from the historic discovery of the Higgs boson and converted it into music that can be played by two guitars. Heavy metal guitars, to be more precise. The result is as nerdy as it is excellent.
It's been closed for renovations and upgrades since 2013, but on Sunday, the Large Hadron Collider powered on with no sign of complications, and successfully carried two proton beams, fired in opposite directions, around its 27km circumference.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most audacious physics experiment in human history. Now scientists are about to restart the giant particle collider for a new set of experiments. Last time, they did the almost-impossible and found the Higgs Boson. This time, they might find something even more exciting.
The Large Hadron Collider is not only a particle collider of awe-inspiring power capable of revealing the atomic connections underlying our basic reality — it's also the inspiration for this charming Lego build from a CERN scientist, which includes all four particle detectors.
Shield your eyes, electronics and physics fans! What you're seeing is exactly what it looks like: the LHC's circuit boards right before the door slammed shut and the rinse cycle began.
Particle physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have detected two new subatomic particles that were predicted to exist but never seen. The discovery of the two new baryon particles stands to deepen our understanding of the universe.
Particle Fever follows the giant launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the massive machine with a 17-mile circumference that's home to some 10,000 scientists. This documentary follows six researchers and their journey to unravel the secrets of the universe — check out the first trailer here.
Goddamn awfulness, that's what.
Google Street View is truly becoming our virtual tour guide to some of the coolest and most unusual places in the world, and now they are taking us inside the facilities of CERN.
We're loving this expertly animated history lesson in physics from the folks at BBC Science Club. Directed by Åsa Lucander and narrated by Dara O Briain, the short provides a tidy, witty and informative overview of scientists and scientific progress from Galileo right up through the Large Hadron Collider.
Picture pretty much does what it says on the tin. Yes, it's real, and it is excellent – arguably the best (only?) shot of Freeman and a tunnel since Shawshank.
Admit it — you've had mad science fantasies where you're put in charge of a multi-billion dollar scientific institution. Especially one that has destructive capability. I've always wanted to use a great scientific facility to do something appalling. Here are my six favorite ideas for twisting legendary scientific…
As part of their 2012 retrospective, French newspaper Le Monde commissioned design studio Zim & Zou to create a series of papercraft illustrations as part of an article on CERN's advancements in seeking the Higgs Boson. The cover illustration gives us a lovely interpretation of particle collision based on the Large…
We were excited to hear about Decay, the movie filmed by physics PhD students at CERN's Large Hadron Collider facility. Now you can watch the entire 75-minute film on YouTube and see what happens when you give physicists a camera, some zombie makeup, and access to one of the world's top research facilities.
What if the Large Hadron Collider created zombies? Writer and director Luke Thompson had this very idea, and got the incredibly cool folks at CERN to allow him to film his $3,000 zombie movie inside their world. Spoilers ahead...
Think you've seen every single twist on the zombie movie? Decay has something that no other zombie flick does: the Large Hadron Collider. A group of Physics PhD students filmed their horror movie against the photogenic particle accelerator, cooking up a Higgs Boson-driven plot about a physics experiment awry. Watch…
Earlier today, scientists from the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that's consistent with the Higgs Boson. So, have physicists finally found the elusive particle? Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? Well...