Hollywood teamed up with the science community this week at the Large Hadron Collider for a ceremony honoring the leading minds in physics.
It feels like the Large Hadron Collider has just barely started doing science (and it's not even at full strength yet), but already plans are underway for its successor: the International Linear Collider, or ILC. The ILC will likely cost between $10 and $20 billion, and it's now looking like the host country will probably be Japan.
It must be nice having a Large Hadron Collider to mess about with. One day you're just minding your own business, running lead-proton collisions for reference in order to subtract out background noise from the lead-lead collisions that you actually care about, and then poof, you accidentally create a new form of matter called a color-glass condensate. Nice.
When the scientists fired up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) earlier this year, hopes were high that some of our questions about the universe would be answered via the discovery of the Higgs boson. But months later, another group decided the LHC had another, more entertaining purpose: zombie movie set.
The nerdosphere is abound with rumors that one of the most ambitious scientific experiments in history may finally have yielded some tangible results. The Higg Boson particle, aka the "God Particle," may have been found, which would not only validate the Large Hadron Collider, but shake up particle physics, too.
Eureka! Quarkonium! We've found it! While it's not a Higgs boson or anything, it's still pretty cool that the Large Hadron Collider has finally found something that's both brand new and named after everyone's second-favorite Ferengi.
At CERN today, home of the Large Hadron Collider, particle physicists announced the most recent (and most tantalizing) results in their search for the Higgs Boson. They haven't nailed down the elusive particle quite yet, but they're closer than ever before, and they may now know just exactly where it's hiding.
Some scientist are predicting that we won't have any real answers from the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva until 2012, but in the meantime you can peek in on how things work via your Android smartphone.
Remember back when we were willing to spend virtually unlimited amounts of money in the name of discovery? The Tevatron particle accelerator was one of those epic science projects, and along with the space shuttle, it's retiring this year as big American science falls victim to budget cuts and apathy.
Want to know what's hot? I'll tell you what's hot. CERN's Large Hadron Collider has smashed lead ions together so fast that they generated temperatures 100,000 times hotter than the center of the Sun. Burnt s'mores, anyone?