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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
DNA test shows Google's Brin has Parkinson's gene

DNA test shows Google's Brin has Parkinson's gene

  Google founder Sergey Brin's investment in his wife's genome-screening company has gotten even more personal: the product has revealed he carries a genetic mutation linked to Parkinson's disease.

September 19, 2008 — Jordan Lite
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
Bleak forecast: Arctic sea ice just misses record melt

Bleak forecast: Arctic sea ice just misses record melt

The long, frigid Arctic autumn and winter began late last week—and the shrinking sea ice has begun to expand anew. That's good news for starving polar bears waiting for the ice to come in so they can hunt.

September 17, 2008 — David Biello
House okays bill lifting ban on offshore drilling

House okays bill lifting ban on offshore drilling

In response to soaring fuel prices, the Democratic-controlled House last night passed an energy package that would allow offshore drilling for the first time in 26 years.

September 17, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Can carbon nanotubes solve the world's drinking water woes?

Can carbon nanotubes solve the world's drinking water woes?

Researchers at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, India, are studying the potential use of carbon nanotubes—hollow carbon fibers—to filter viruses, bacteria, toxic metal ions, and large noxious organic molecules out of water.

September 17, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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