lhc stories

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.
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.