Midnight In The Desert — Hadron Collider

Why Conspiracy Theorists Are Obsessed With CERN

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Why Conspiracy Theorists Are Obsessed With CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, was established in 1954 in Switzerland by 12 member states. Since then, it's swelled to 22 member states and has made dozens of important discoveries, including the Higgs boson, or "god" particle, and invention of the World Wide Web. But a powerful scientific laboratory like this is ripe for conspiracy theories — especially after it turned on the Large Hadron Collider. For a while before it hit the "on" button, people feared the Large Hadron Collider might destroy Earth, being the largest machine in the world used to smash subatomic particles together....

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider would have found ghosts if they existed says scientist

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider would have found ghosts if they existed says scientist

There are countless conspiracy theories surrounding ghosts and paranormal activity, and while it shouldn't need explaining to anyone who has a scientific mind, Brian Cox has stressed why such apparitions are "inconceivable." Speaking on his BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, the University of Manchester professor explained that if ghosts existed, CERN's Large Hadron Collider would have found them by now. "If we want some sort of pattern that carries information about our living cells to persist, then we must specify precisely what medium carries that pattern, and how it interacts with the matter particles out of which...

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The Large Hadron Collider is quietly having a phenomenal year

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The Large Hadron Collider is quietly having a phenomenal year

We tend to only pay attention to particle physics when scientists announce that they've found something new. But those discoveries would never get to the announcement stage without the years of grunt work needed to control particles at extremely high energies and record the debris that spews into detectors when those particles collide. This work doesn't get talked about much because it simply sets the stage for discovery rather than containing obvious "eureka!" moments. The people behind CERN's Large Hadron Collider are in the process of setting a phenomenal stage. Last year's run was all about taking the LHC to...

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Hopes Are Fading Fast for Possible New Particle at the LHC

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Hopes Are Fading Fast for Possible New Particle at the LHC

Rumors are swirling again among physicists, but this time they’re not about gravitational waves. Instead, hopes are fading that two separate, but complementary, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider may have discovered a possible new particle. Last December, LHC physicists announced that they’d found tantalizing traces of an exotic particle not predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics— perhaps a heavier cousin of the Higgs boson, or the elusive graviton, a quantum carrier of the force of gravity. Neither reported finding was solid enough to claim discovery, but both experiments reported hints of a signal in exactly the same...

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The Collider That Could Save Physics

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The Collider That Could Save Physics

The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva was a spectacular vindication of the Standard Model—a framework that describes all known particles and forces in physics. The Higgs, whose existence was first predicted in the 1960s, was the final missing piece of the puzzle. Since then, however, physicists have been stuck. The so-called superpartner particles scientists hoped to find at the LHC—particles whose detection would help solve long-standing problems with the Standard Model—never appeared. Physicists have been talking for decades about a collider that could find those missing particles. Three years ago an...

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