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Cern is losing ground rapidly in the race to discover the elusive Higgs boson, its American rival claims.
Fermilab say the odds of their Tevatron accelerator finding it first are now 50-50 at worst, and up to 96% at best.

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On 3rd October, the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid consortium announce the readiness of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG), an e-infrastructure conceived and designed to support the data challenge, and with it the research of more than 9000 physicists around the globe.

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Investigations at CERN following a large helium leak into sector 3-4 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) tunnel have indicated that the most likely cause of the incident was a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerators magnets. Before a full understanding of the incident can be established, however, the sector has to be brought to room temperature and the magnets involved opened up for inspection. This will take three to four weeks. Full details of this investigation will be made available once it is complete.

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As the first particles began circulating in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week, a group of hackers calling themselves the "Greek Security Team" penetrated computer systems inside CERN's Geneva, Switzerland, facility, where the world's biggest particle accelerator is housed.

The website - cmsmon.cern.ch - can no longer be accessed by the public as a result of the attack.

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Scientists from Durham University are to examine the very beginnings of our Universe by making use of the world's biggest experiment.
Experts from the University are part of a worldwide team of scientists and engineers eagerly awaiting tomorrow's (Wednesday September 10) switch-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The LHC is a gigantic particle accelerator built about 100m underground at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) on the Swiss/French border at Geneva.
Tomorrow will see the first attempt to circulate a particle beam around the entire 27km of the LHC.
Scientists will eventually fire two particle beams in opposite directions around the circular construction before crashing them into each other at almost the speed of light - recreating in a very small region the conditions immediately after the Big Bang.

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John Barrowman, aka time-traveller Captain Jack from BBC television series Doctor Who and Torchwood visited CERN -- the world's largest physics experiment. At CERN, scientists are preparing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), an experiment that will recreate conditions last seen fractions of a second after the Big Bang in order to understand how the Universe came to be as it is today.



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Scientists from the Universities of Liverpool and Glasgow have completed work on the inner heart of an experiment which seeks to find out what has happened to all the antimatter created at the start of the Universe. Matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts in the Big Bang but somehow the antimatter disappeared resulting in the Universe, and everything in it, including ourselves, being made of the remaining matter.
The final modules of the VErtex LOcator (VELO), a precision silicon detector, have been delivered to CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva. Once assembled VELO will be installed into the LHCb detector, one of four experiments, which make up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator, which is due to be switched on in November this year.
LHCb is designed to investigate the subtle differences between matter and antimatter in particles containing b (beauty) quarks. The VELO is an essential part of the experiment which will provide the unprecedented precision necessary to isolate them. The LHC, located in a 27km underground tunnel which straddles France and Switzerland, will help answer some of the fundamental questions about the origins of our Universe and is set to change the future path of particle physics research.
Within the LHC, two beams of protons will be accelerated to close to the speed of light and then collided in one of the four experiments, which will each measure the outfall of particles.
The VELO is unique in its design with the whole device (about a metre long) consisting of 42 silicon "modules", spread along both sides of the proton beam (21 each side). The VELO actually sits inside a vacuum vessel - with a thin sheet of aluminium, know as RF foil, separating it from the primary vacuum inhabited by the proton beams. The two halves of modules are mechanically moved in to within 7mm of the beam during data-taking, and out to a safe distance afterwards.

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Americans Screw up World's Largest Particle Accelerator, and Other Famous Catastrophes
Last week our very own JR Minkel did a thorough writeup of the explosion at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN).
The short version of the story is that the Americans at Fermilab, who were responsible for the design and construction of supercold magnets necessary for containing beams of protons, committed some basic mathematical errors that kept them from realizing that the mounts they had designed for the magnets, composed of a fibreglass-epoxy laminate, simply weren't strong enough to deal with the pressures generated by the supercollider.

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A vital component in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator at Cern has suffered a serious failure.
The giant underground laboratory on the French-Swiss border is designed to probe the limits of physics.

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