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CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It consists of a 27-km ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. It first started up on September 10, 2008.   In its last series of runs in 2012-13 the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the LHC observed and confirmed the existence of a new particle in the mass region around 126 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). Thi ...
Facebook plans to go aloft to beam Internet access down from a fleet of solar-powered drones. Aquila is the code name for the social media giant’s V-shaped unmanned vehicles, one of which which recently completed its first test flight in the U.K., a fact announced last week by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on—where else—his Facebook page.  Last year Facebook acquired the UK- based drone maker Ascenta, which created early versions of the Qinetiq Zephyr, the world’s lon ...
A human crew in orbit around Mars controls a suite of robotic surrogates, including a rover, climbing-bot, and miniature sample-return rocket.   Before Apollo 11 landed on the moon Apollo missions 8 and 10 tested various components while orbiting the moon, and returned photography of the lunar surface, paving the way for Neil Armstrong’s “One Giant Leap for Mankind”   A workshop was held recently by the Planetary Society to build consensus on the key elements of a l ...
Artist illustration of the jet-powered Quicksilver For some of us, our occupation involves a higher than normal risk to our safety and perhaps even our lives. For others, such as those brave individuals who have tried to break the World Water Speed record, “higher than normal risk” does not do justice to an undertaking in which nearly 85% of the drivers that have made a serious attempt at breaking the record since 1940 have died trying. Eleven in all have perished in the attempt. ...

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