Freakishly Compact Particle Accelerators Could Revolutionize Physics

Experiments at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. have taken us a step forward in developing a technology that could significantly reduce the size of particle accelerators and allow scientists to accelerate particles more rapidly than conventional accelerators at a much smaller size. » 11/06/14 2:20pm 11/06/14 2:20pm

Could a juiced-up particle accelerator destroy the Earth?

One of the world's largest particle colliders is about to undergo upgrades that will make it considerably more powerful than it is now. The ensuing experiments will once again take us into uncharted scientific waters, prompting critics to warn of a potential catastrophe — one powerful enough to destroy our entire… » 2/13/14 9:00am 2/13/14 9:00am

A New Record for the Highest Temperature We've Ever Created: A Whopping…

Guinness World Records has recognized Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider as the device which has set a new standard for achieving the "Highest Man-Made Temperature": a mind boggingly extreme 4 trillion degrees Celsius -– which is 250,000 times hotter than the center of the Sun. » 6/26/12 5:00pm 6/26/12 5:00pm

Who needs particle accelerators when you can just use black holes?

As any particle physicist will tell you, if you want to find new particles, you're going to need a lot of energy. This is why huge accelerators are used to propel particles to nearly the speed of light. » 6/18/12 10:24am 6/18/12 10:24am

The Most Efficient Particle Accelerator Known To Humanity

Chinese astronomers observed this supernova, RCW 86, in the year 185 A.D. But it's still pumping out cosmic rays, and a new image shows how supernova remnants like this one are the Milky Way's "super-efficient particle accelerators." [Chandra Observatory] » 6/29/09 2:14pm 6/29/09 2:14pm