The Large Hadron Collider Accelerated ‘Atoms’ With Electrons for the First Time

You can feasibly put anything inside the world’s largest physics experiment, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, so long as it can be vaporised. You could even stick a sandwich in there. But for the first time, scientists have accelerated an atomic nucleus with electrons still attached. Read More >>

The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting an Upgrade

Today, workers at the world’s largest atom smasher are breaking ground on a performance-enhancing upgrade that will allow scientists to conduct even bigger and better physics experiments. Read More >>

Scientists Are Hunting for the ‘Dark Photon’—a Portal to the Dark Universe

It appears that the Universe is full of dark matter—around six times more of it than there is regular matter. It has obvious visible effects, like the way it bends light from distant galaxies. Despite dedicated searches, no signs of a dark matter particle explaining these effects have turned up. Read More >>

The Teenagers Hunting for the Universe’s Secrets

Four British schoolboys had just been called from the classroom. They were ten days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they’d been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe—their work hunting for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider. Read More >>

Scientists Are Exploring a Strange New Way to Create an Exotic Phase of Matter

Hiding in the Geneva suburbs, behind trees and a meadow with fuzzy brown donkeys, is a warehouse with a lift that only visits negative floors. Hundreds of feet down, hyper complex detectors inside an octagonal tube the colour and size of a large barn whistle loudly and peer like cameras at protons, the positively charged bits at the centre of every atom. Those cameras may have just produced an exotic phase of matter in a brand new way. Maybe. Read More >>

A Trail of Strange Physics Results Offers Tantalising Hints of New Particles

Conceptually, particle physics experiments are surprisingly simple. Smash a shitload of particles together, and look at what comes out. The results will either confirm whatever the business-as-usual theory is, or, if there’s a really crystal clear deviation from that theory, they might prove some new hypothesis about some new particles. But the middle ground, where the difference between what we know and what we see is still fuzzy, is where lots and lots of results live. Read More >>

This Huge Art Installation Is Inspired By the LHC

The Amer­ican artist Peter Halley has taken over 5,000 square feet of the Schirn Kunsthalle exhibition hall in Frank­furt, turning its huge rotunda into a futuristic exploration of architecture and space that’s inspired in part by the LHC. Read More >>

A Weasel Shut Down the Large Hadron Collider

A tiny mammal has reportedly brought the world’s largest scientific experiment to a halt. The Large Hadron Collider suffered a power outage last night, after a luckless weasel decided to chew on a 66-kilovolt power cable. Read More >>

360 Video of the LHC Is an Amazing Reminder of How Big the Damn Thing Is

The Large Hadron Collider is impressive for a great many reasons. But forget about all that cutting-edge science for a moment and instead marvel at the scale of the engineering behind the project. Read More >>

The LHC’s Seen an Intriguing Glimpse of What Could Be a New Particle 

Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have seen the first traces of what they believe could be a new fundamental particle. Read More >>

The LHC is Now Colliding Lead at the Highest-Ever Energies

The Large Hadron Collider has been back online and pushing the limits of physics again for a few months now. But it’s about to enter a new phase, colliding lead ions at twice the energy that any collider has ever achieved in the past. Read More >>

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This is What Happens When an Indie Band Experiments at the LHC

It’s normally just researchers that get to experiment at the CERN's particle-smashing Large Hadron Collider. But one physicist has decided to invite a series of bands to play around at the world’s largest science lab — and this is the result. Read More >>

Newspaper Claims LHC is Being Used as a ‘Stargate’

Bad news, citizens of Earth: those evil physicists at CERN are once again hellbent on vaporising the Earth and ending the universe as we know it as the Large Hadron Collider ramps up to unprecedented energies. That’s according to Lonnie Robinson, intrepid correspondent/prophet of doom for The Daily Reporter in Coldwater, Michigan, who sees the signs of our imminent destruction everywhere he looks (including The Simpsons). He even pegs the specific day on which we can probably expect global annihilation: September 24th, 2015. Read More >>

Hadron Collider Finds New Bit of Cosmological Lego

The LHCb experiment team at the Large Hadron Collider says it's found a new group of particles, calling this batch the pentaquarks -- another previously hypothesised set of elements of the universe that has been confirmed as real by the clever Swiss pipers. Read More >>