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CERN results hint at Higgs Boson – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

In a seminar held at CERN today, physicists presented the latest results of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson – hinting at the possible nature of the elusive particle.  According to the researchers, it’s too early to say whether their experiments have discovered the Higgs boson, but the tentative findings of have been […]

The Higgs Boson – background information

John Kerr posted in on December 14th, 2011.

Our colleagues at the Canadian Science Media Centre have kindly put together the following backgrounder on the Higgs Boson. What is it? The Higgs boson is a hypothesized elementary particle that, if confirmed, would provide the mechanism by which the other elementary particles in the universe have mass. Elementary particles are the smallest fundamental units […]

Speed camera needed for neutrinos?

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2011.

Physicists have said – in a paper and in a seminar at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) – that subatomic particles known as neutrinos can break the the speed of light Albert Einstein held up as a cosmic speed limit 106 years ago.  They said the neutrinos raced from a particle accelerator outside […]

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Antiproton successfully trapped for first time

Peter Griffin posted in on November 18th, 2010.

The ALPHA Project, of which 15 Canadians are a part, is working at CERN’s antiproton decelerator facility in Switzerland. The team has, for the first time, been able to capture and hold atoms of antihydrogen, allowing them to be studied in detail.  This will allow future experiments to proceed, including examining properties like the absorption […]

UC/CERN collaboration leads to colour x-rays

Peter Griffin posted in on December 16th, 2009.

An international collaboration involving New Zealand researchers has resulted in a world-first: colour x-ray technology. The Medipix All Resolution System (MARS) scanner – a type of CT scanner – makes use of technologies first developed for particle physics research at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research). The scanner is currently being shipped from the University […]

Chris Barton: CERN and science’s great collision

Peter Griffin posted in on July 18th, 2009.

A feature article by New Zealand Herald senior feature writer Chris Barton, who recently visited the site of the Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border. An excerpt: read in full here. And a column by Barton on CERN Buried near Geneva lies the world’s most expensive technology. Scientists designed it to unlock secrets of […]

Interview about the Large Hadron Collider

Peter Griffin posted in on July 16th, 2008.

Radio New Zealand’s Kathryn Ryan interviews an expert from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Listen to the interview here. [youtube][/youtube] More on CERN here and an interesting Youtube video outlining the project.

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