Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

Summary: The Large Hadron Collider is is due to shut down for a major upgrade later than expected, after managers concluded that the current rate of operational improvements could reveal new physical phenomena.

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The Large Hadron Collider, Cern's particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is due to shut down for a major upgrade later than expected, after managers concluded that the current rate of operational improvements could reveal new physical phenomena.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a mammoth tool best known for its search for the Higgs boson and other elements of subatomic physics. Until recently, Cern had planned to shut down the LHC at the end of 2011 to make an upgrade; now that plan has been pushed back.

Cern has tripled the amount of data it can gather in 2011 compared with 2010, which leads to "tantalizing hints" that new physical phenomena could be observed at the current operating level of 3.5 tera-electron-volts (TeV), Cern said in a statement yesterday. "However, to turn those hints into a discovery would require more data than can be delivered in one year, hence the decision to postpone the long shutdown," Cern said. Thus, only a short technical pause is planned for the end of 2011.

For more on this story, read Hints of new physics postpones LHC upgrade on CNET News.

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  • RE: Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

    Sweet, sooo close to being able to teleport to work and back i can taste it! No Seriously though, I am very interested in seeing whether or not the LHC can help find this new physics, or help find the theory of everything
    KBot
  • RE: Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

    It'd also be nice to find a link between electricity and gravity. That would really revolutionize space travel.
    Starman35
  • RE: Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

    I've been seeing more evidence that gravity is only an "emergent phenomenon", which I think means that it is only a side effect of the other forces.
    sorgfelt
  • It would be nice to find a link

    between ZDNet and the original article... Because the headline says there's evidence, and the body text says that there are hints that new evidence may be found.

    Please ZD, fix the link. We know that they'll find <i>something</i> when they turn the juice up some more.
    SiO2
  • RE: Hints of new physics postpones LHC upgrade

    It has now been six days and the subject link still has not been fixed. !!!?
    Is ZDNet paying attention?
    psquare11
  • RE: Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

    Even in the sub-atomic area, God's shows His glory and power of Jesus Christ in the order and beauty of the universe.
    frets2010
  • about LHC

    sir woud it be possible that with the help of LHC we are able to finde the assumtion of this that universe is initally not but it is the combination of solid rocks on colliding and then we got the part of universe called earth?????
    usmansundal
    • RE: Cern sees evidence of new physics from Large Hadron Collider

      @usmansundal

      What the... ???
      Hallowed are the Ori