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LHC helium leak will shut collider down for two months

LHC helium leak will shut collider down for two months

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 broken within hours of the LHC's launch last week, a mishap yesterday resulted in "a large helium leak" into the collider's tunnel.

September 20, 2008 — Ivan Oransky
LHC glitch: Giant particle smasher malfunctions while probing origins of universe

LHC glitch: Giant particle smasher malfunctions while probing origins of universe

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.

September 19, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Mathematicians predicted stock market volatility years ago

Mathematicians predicted stock market volatility years ago

Crash, crash. Doom, doom. Panic on the Street. Wall Street yesterday suffered its worst decline since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – and the free fall suggests it may be time to consider burying the family stash of Krugerrands under the rose garden or tool shed.

September 16, 2008 — Gary Stix
Big and bigger: New prime numbers claim top two spots

Big and bigger: New prime numbers claim top two spots

Yesterday we reported on the impending announcement of two newly discovered mammoth prime numbers, and the details, now out, do not disappoint. According to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), the volunteer-powered distributed-computing group responsible for finding most of the largest known primes (a prime number is divisible only by 1 and itself), both are larger than any other known primes: one clocks in at nearly 13 million digits in length and the other at a slightly smaller 11.2 million digits.

September 16, 2008 — John Matson
John McCain talks science, says he's Wi-Fi's main man

John McCain talks science, says he's Wi-Fi's main man

His running mate may be raising the ire of scientists with her positions on creationism and wildlife conservation, but Republican presidential nominee John McCain is touting his tech cred.

September 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite
It's twins! Two massive new primes (as in numbers) discovered

It's twins! Two massive new primes (as in numbers) discovered

Prime numbers have long held a special appeal among the mathematically minded, from the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes, who devised a method for finding primes some 2,200 years ago, to the cryptographers who made them the foundation of today’s encryption protocols.

September 15, 2008 — John Matson

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