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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 […]

Large Hadron Collider success celebrated – research finally underway

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 31st, 2010.

Today, scientists at CERN in Geneva erupted into cheers as the world’s largest particle accelerator produced its first planned proton beam collisions at unprecedented energy levels. Although the machine is now running at half power following its initial start-up woes, today’s 7 trillion electron-volt (TeV) collisions are by far the highest energy man-made particle collisions […]

Radio NZ: Shaun Hendy on the Higgs boson

Peter Griffin posted in on January 26th, 2010.

Dr Shaun Hendy, of VUW, IRL and the MacDiarmid Institute, talks with Bryan Crump about the Large Hadron Collider and its primary function: seeing if it can create, and capture data for, the elusive Higgs boson. Otherwise known as the ‘God particle’ the Higgs boson is a theoretical particle which confers mass.  Scientists are hoping […]

The Large Hadron Collider – separating myth from reality

Peter Griffin posted in on November 11th, 2009.

Last week at Science Express @ Te Papa, physicist Marcus Wilson spoke about the Large Hadron Collider, and the myths (and realities) surrounding it. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has become well-known not only as one of humanity’s most complex (and expensive) feats of engineering and a means of further plumbing the mysteries of the […]

Downtime not all bad for the Large Hadron Collider kiwis

Peter Griffin posted in on December 6th, 2008.

The Large Hadron Collider, which was launched with huge fanfare in September and soon after sprung a leak and was shut down, is to be fitted with helium leak early warning detectors to protect against future leaks. A helium leak at the LHC in late September damaged the huge magnets that the collider relies on, […]

Kiwis surveyed on the Large Hadron Collider

Peter Griffin posted in on September 24th, 2008.

New Zealand Herald: Kiwis fear the atom-smasher, says survey The survey asked how closely people had followed news coverage of the Large Hadron Collider’s launch. The survey was taken before the LHC was put out of action when a helium leak forced it to be shut down. Survey highlights: – 10 per cent of those […]

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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