LHC

The Super Collision Threat

BY NANCY L. WILLIAMS

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, recently constructed the world’s largest energy particle accelerator/collider outside Bern, Switzerland. After a few delays the collider, known as the Large Hadronic Collider (LHC) was set to begin operations in May or June of this year. The LHC is a behemoth, contained in a circu­lar, concrete-lined tunnel of 16.5 miles, which crosses the border between Switzerland and France at four locations, though most of it lies in France. It is buried 100 meters underground, and the…

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Searching for the Higgs

By Patrick Marsolek

Recently there has been a lot of buzz in the scientific community about scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland who are zeroing in on the Higgs particle, a large theoretical particle that might be essential to our understanding of the universe. Scientists continue to crunch the data from previous experiments, and the results are still not clear. This is expected to be an exciting year in the world of experimental and theoretical physics. Proponents of various theories and beliefs are all commenting…

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Rings of Fire

BY C.C. vonWERKLAÄG

Doomsday mavens have had their hands full recently, correlating every eschatological prediction (from Nostradamus to the Mayan calendar) with the current spate of earthquake and volcanic activity. Haiti, Chile, China, Japan, the United States, and several other countries have experienced temblors measuring high enough on the Richter Scale to cause widespread destruction and, in the cases of Haiti, Chile, and China, massive loss of life. Add in the chaos caused by new volcanic eruptions in Ecuador, Italy, Japan, Iceland, and even in the United States,…

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