Since last week's hangout, was there more to say about the new boson discovered last summer? What was the breaking news from the Moriond conference in Italy? In this Hangout with CERN, Steve Goldfarb was joined by Tara Shears, André David, Pauline Gagnon, and Elise Andrew (of IFLS / Science is Awesome) to discuss the latest results from the experiments, including results from a little experiment of our own.
What is the latest on the new particle discovered last year at CERN? In this Hangout with CERN, we found out what physicists presented at the Moriond conference in Italy. The new particle looks more and more like a Higgs boson, but what do we know so far and what do we still need to know? Tara Shears was joined by Nazila Mahmoudi, Heather Gray, Pauline Gagnon and Victoria Martin to answer these questions.
The Large Hadron Collider has now entered its first long shutdown. But why? Why stop a machine that is working so well? This week, we hear from Mike Lamont, an accelerator expert at CERN, and also from regulars Steven Goldfarb, Freya Blekman and Seth Zenz, and find out what's in store for the LHC for the next two years.
This week we travelled 100 metres underground to the cathedral-like cavern of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) detector. This is one of the detectors stationed around the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) like giant cameras, recording the results of sub-atomic particle collisions as they take "snapshots of the invisible". We were joined by the two people who announced the discovery of the Higgs-like Boson - CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela and ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti. Joe connected from the CMS cavern, while Fabiola joined CERN's regular hangout host, ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb, above ground.
Last week we showed you how global computing helps CERN store, distribute and analysis around 25 Petabytes (25 million Gigabytes) of data generated per year from the Large Hadron Collider. In this Hangout we explored big data even further, and answered more of your big questions, along with IT experts from CERN and the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) project - a global collaboration of more than 170 computing centres in 36 countries.