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Fusion energy: Update on the Big Tokamak

ITER fusion generator site, Cadarache, France…Credit ITER For those who thought the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was a BIG engineering project, it is literally dwarfed by the construction of the world’s first fusion reactor – ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or, alternatively, The Big Tokamak). This is one of those projects so big that […]
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Getting your head around huge brain projects

As the ‘thinking’ goes – a billion here, a few billions there and eventually we’ll know how the brain works. The billions are Euros and dollars. The “there” are two projects aimed at learning how the human brain works. Even President Obama got into the act a while ago to mention in the State of […]
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Supersymmetry: SUSY still has no data

Even physicists get that sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach that something you’ve relied on for most of your life may be wrong, or at least not as right as you thought. If you’re a good scientist, you question and examine – your own thinking and whatever it is that has shaken you […]
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No WIMPS in the Xenon

It is a strange headline – No WIMPS in the Xenon, but then Dark Matter is strange. It supposedly must exist, in fact, it makes up 25% of the material in the universe. However, it has never been seen. Not seen even by the latest super high sensitivity detector project called XENON100. Located at the […]
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From the tops of thunderstorms: Antimatter

Gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) emitted from thunderstorms…..Credit: NASA When thinking about particle physics, most people will think about laboratories and human-built devices, especially the monster atom smashers like the Tevatron or Large Hadron Collider. Well, it turns out nature beat us to it. The primal particle accelerator on Earth turns out to be the thunderstorm. Every […]
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Large Hadron Collider is smashing

For most normal scientific equipment the event of its ‘working’ isn’t news. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) isn’t a normal piece of scientific equipment, of course. It’s the world’s largest, most expensive, most storied, most plagued, most vilified, most misunderstood, most hoped for, and potentially important piece of scientific equipment. So it’s worthy of being […]
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Dark matter: probably detected, (more) verification needed

If you know about dark matter, you may well ask, “How can something that makes up 3/4 of the universe not only be invisible but essentially unknown?” Even cosmologists and physicists sometimes wonder how decades of theorizing, searching, and experimenting can’t provide a verifiable answer. Well, perhaps now there is evidence of dark matter. It […]
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Large Hadron Collider delivers collisions

Congratulations are in order for the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). After a prolonged, arduous gestation that ended on Monday (November 23, 2009), the first atomic particle collisions were recorded. Having finally got its protons in order, it’s now on to the lengthy testing and gradual ramping-up of the acceleration speed. Sometime next year, the […]
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Large Hadron Collider, almost ready to do some colliding

If it were any other piece of scientific equipment, turning it on and starting initial testing would hardly rate a mention by the world’s media, if that. But this is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most expensive piece of scientific equipment – ever. (It has cost about 10 billion dollars so far.) Also, […]
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