Saturday, September 20, 2008, United Kingdom - 15 hours ago
The world’s biggest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has been badly damaged and will be out of commission for at least two months, ...

LHC glitch: Giant particle smasher malfunctions while probing ...

Did the group spearheading the world's biggest physics experiment just not want to spoil the party?

Within hours of its launch, the Large Hadron Collider malfunctioned, its operator has admitted — a week after powerful particle accelerator was turned on, the Associated Press is reporting.

A 30-ton transformer that cools part of the particle smasher broke on Sept. 11 after scientists sent a counter-clockwise beam around the 17-mile tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border, raising temperatures in the ring to 4.5 Kelvin (-451.57 Fahrenheit). The first, clockwise beam had been sent around the tunnel the day before, when the LHC was turned on.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research has replaced the transformer and cooled the underground ring back down to near zero on the Kelvin scale, its optimal temperature for research, according to AP. " The LHC is on course for [its] first collisions in a matter of weeks," CERN said in a statement.

LHC helium leak will shut collider down for two months
Scientific American - 13 hours ago
More glitches for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC): The same day operators announced that a 30-ton transformer that cools part of the particle smasher had ...

Helium leak forces two-month shutdown at LHC
CNET News, CA - 9 hours ago
The world's largest particle collider has been shut down for at least two months due to a large helium leak stemming from an incident Friday, officials said ...

LHC Shuts Down After Magnets Fail, India - Sep 19, 2008
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after a launch that made us all heave a sigh of relief, is now offline, thanks to a failed magnet. ...

CERN delays atom-smashing over magnet fault
Times Online, UK - Sep 19, 2008
Plans for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to start smashing its first particles next week have been derailed after it developed a significant fault today. ...

Electrical fault halts "Big Bang" machine
Swissinfo, Switzerland - Sep 19, 2008
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, was temporarily shut down earlier this week. Scientists at the European ...

LHC shut down by transformer, UK - Sep 19, 2008
Researchers at Cern have confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) managed only a few hours of operations before being shut down. ...
Science: Hadron collider out of action for months, UK - 5 hours ago
They had been hoping to use the Large Hadron Collider to re-create the Big Bang that created the universe and learn more about 'dark matter'. ...
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The Associated Press
CERN: Damage to new collider forces 2-month halt
The Associated Press - 9 hours ago
Experts have gone into 17-mile (27-kilometer) circular tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border to examine the damage that ...
Officials: Damage to collider forces 2-month halt
The Associated Press - 16 hours ago
Spokesman James Gillies says experts have gone into the Large Hadron Collider to examine the damage. Gillies said Saturday the part that was damaged will ...

Hackers 'find black hole in atom smasher computers'
AFP - Sep 13, 2008
LONDON (AFP) — Hackers claim they have broken into the computer system of the Large Hadron Collider, the mega-machine designed to expose secrets of the ...
Hackers claim there’sa black hole in
Times Online, UK - Sep 13, 2008
Hackers have broken into one of the computer networks of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A group calling itself the Greek Security Team left a rogue ...

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