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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 […]

Sunday Star Times: Our bright sparks

Peter Griffin posted in on November 15th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about the involvement of kiwi scientist Dr David Krofcheck in the Large Hadron Collider, and his particular interest in the recent experiments with lead atoms. Krofcheck is interested not only in the science – which could lead to breakthroughs in medical imaging – but is also proud […]

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 […]

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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