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Large Hadron Collider

  1. Scientists Are Trying to Detect Parallel Universes With CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

    Doctor Who "Doomsday": 1. Actual doomsday: 0.

    The CERN Large Hadron Collider is gearing up for a new round of experiments, and things could get interesting this time with mini black holes and the discovery of parallel universes. We anxiously await the announcement of their discovery from Bad Wolf Bay.

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  2. This Is An Awesome Opera/Dance Piece Filmed Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

    You need some Deep Thought for this one.

    When you think of CERN's Large Hadron Collider you probably think of science, not opera or dancers in hardhats. But filmmaker and media artist Ruben Van Leer's Symmetry might change all that.

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  3. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  4. Large Hadron Collider Umbrella: The Perfect Gift For Those Who Matter

    For when the only things accelerating are raindrops.

    At a loss for what to get the CERN scientist in your life? The Science Museum Shop has got you covered with the Large Hadron Collider umbrella. As a bonus, it also doubles as shelter in the event that the LHC decides to send apocalyptic hellfire down on us all.

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  5. The Large Hadron Collider May Have Found A New Form Of Matter

    Life just gets more and more like a Madeleine L'Engle book.

    Z(443o) may sound like a radio station, but it's actually a recently-proven particle discovered by the Large Hadron Collider-- and it could be evidence of tetraquarks, an entirely new form of matter.

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  6. Scientists Discover a New State of Matter in Chicken Eyes

    This is embarassing for the Large Hadron Collider.

    Scientists have discovered a system of matter unlike anything they've ever seen before, capable of being both crystal-like and a liquid. The new matter is called "disordered hyperuniformity," it may drastically change the way we can design materials, and, oh yeah, it's only found in chicken eyes.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: Destruction Takes Center Stage in New Pacific Rim Poster

    Things We Saw Today

    Pacific Rim's official Facebook page describes the Jaeger Coyote Tango as a "Giant Japanese Techno-Tyrant." Mmm, mecha-y. (SuperHeroHype)

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  8. The End Is Nigh Billions of Years Away: Higgs Discovery Might Suggest Universe is Finite

    The scientific community got pretty excited with the discovery of a Higgs-like particle last year, but it turns out it's not all smiles and high fives. Apparently the Higgs boson was the missing piece in a subatomic calculation that could predict a Universe-ending catastrophic event in the future. How worried should you be? Depends on how many billions of years into the future you've made plans, but chances are pretty solid that you'll be long dead before this happens. So will the Earth. Smile! Everything ends!

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  9. Hang Out With CERN This Thursday, Talk About Particle Physics and Mice Versus Mammoths

    Sunday saw the first Large Hadron Collider physics beams of the year. Hooray! The scientists at CERN smashed together lead ions and protons in an attempt to study quark-gluon plasma, believed to be the primordial state of matter in the moments after the Big Bang. If that all sounds very complicated and you'd like someone to explain it you who really knows what they're talking about, now's your chance! Rather, Thursday is your chance. The folks at CERN will be hosting another Google Hangout to talk about the new beams, why they're using lead ions, and who would win in a fight between a mouse and a mammoth.

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  10. The Full-Length Zombie Movie Made By Physics Students At CERN

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    Last month we showed you a trailer for Decay, a film being made by Luke Thompson and Clara Nellist, both Ph.D. students in physics. They filmed it at CERN, which you may know is home to the Large Hadron Collider, and it the plot involves the Higgs Boson particle turning people into zombies. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. You can find out more information at DecayFilm.com but now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the feature. (via io9) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  11. Physics Students Made a Zombie Movie In the Home of the Large Hadron Collider [VIDEO]

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    There are a lot of zombie movies out there. But Decay is the only one filmed in CERN, a.k.a. the home of the Large Hadron Collider. The film is the brainchild (mmmm… brains) of Luke Thompson and Clara Nellist, both Ph.D. students in physics, who despite having no filmmaking experience decided that, dammit, they were going to make a film about exposure to the Higgs Boson particle turning people into zombies. (If that sounds critical, it's unintentional—jumping in and just doing it is a time-honored method for indie film.)

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  12. CERN Breaks Record for Hottest Man-Made Temperature

    Remember CERN? Sure you do! They were the folks with the Large Hadron Collider who discovered that Higgs boson thing back in July. Well, they're at it again with all their science and their 17-mile-long particle accelerator, and they've even broken a world record. CERN's physicists have created the highest human-made temperature in history with their ALICE heavy ion collider, beating the previous record of four trillion Kelvin. ALICE produced a quark-gluon plasma, a sort of subatomic milkshake if you replace the milk with quarks, the ice cream with gluons, the blender with a large ion collider, and the cherry on top with ground-breaking scientific discovery. This is starting to sound less and less like a milkshake. Read on for the full scoop.

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  13. Finding a Higgs-Boson-Consistent Particle Is So Cool We Don’t Know How to Express It: Here’s a Sonnet

    she blinded me with science

    But this is just noted sharpie-wielding math and science expert Vihart's take on CERN's announcement that they've found, to within 99.9999% sureity, a new type of boson. And that that new particle, so far as we can tell (pending more research), conforms to the theoretical qualities of a Higgs boson. You might also be interested in knowing a bit more about what a Higgs boson is, and why it's important. For that, we can go to Jorge Cham's, of PHD Comics, cartoon rendering of a scientist's explanation:

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  14. CERN Confirms Discovery of New “Higgs-like” Particle

    After keeping the physics world on pins and needles for days, scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced that they had discovered a particle which appeared to fit the profile of the long-sought Higgs boson. Though this is a celebratory moment, CERN researchers stress that there is still much to learn about this new "Higgs-like" particle.

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  15. Things We Saw Today: Maggie Greene Wields A Mean Machete

    Things We Saw Today

    This action moment brought to you by some new pics from the Prison of the third season of The Walking Dead. (The Daily Blam)

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  16. What Would Happen If You Put Your Hand In the LHC?

    When the Sixty Symbols folks asked experts what would happen if your hand happened to find its way into the Large Hadron Collider beam, they were told "nothing good." To get a more nuanced answer, they turned to scientists at CERN. Their response was far more graphic, and gives insight into the incredible forces at work within the LHC. Watch the video after the break, and be amazed.

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  17. What Goes On Inside the Large Hadron Collider [Video]

    We all know the Large Hadron Collider is going to bring about the end of the world some day by opening a portal to a hostile alien dimension, and will probably manage that before it manages to locate the Higgs boson. If you aren't a huge LHC fan wearing a big LHC foam hand, you probably only know the general gist of the LHC: It accelerators particles and smashes them together. However, if you wanted a better explanation that is more easily digestible than reading walls of text on your favorite wiki, you should check out this explanatory video that is ready and willing to teach. Foam hand optional.

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  18. Things We Saw Today: Probably the Most Epic Photo of Justin Bieber Getting Covered in Slime Ever

    Things We Saw Today

    The NIckelodeon Kids Choice Awards were last night. Digital Spy also has Taylor Lautner getting slimed, if that interests you.

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  19. Here Is a Large Hadron Collider Quilt to Keep Your Accelerating Particles Warm and Cozy

    she blinded me with science

    Art teacher Kate Findlay has a unique, mild obsession with the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator. And a couple of years ago, she took a sabbatical from her teaching job at a private elementary school to turn her passion into something downright beautiful and cozy -- quilts! Come inside! You should totally see them!

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  20. Large Hadron Collider's Atlas Experiment in LEGO

    In order to celebrate the Large Hadron Collider's discovery of its first new particle, here's a LEGO model of the LHC's Atlas experiment. Of course, there's a whole lot more to the LHC than just Atlas, but no one has gotten around to making the whole thing. Yet. For now, we'll just have to marvel at LEGO Atlas and see what it can discover. Maybe the stud isn't the smallest unit of LEGO matter after all.

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