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The Large Hadron Collider is getting an upgrade

The improvements will allow for collisions at a higher rate in the underground accelerator

LHC

LEVEL UP  Scientists are developing equipment to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (shown). The first stage of construction for the upgrade began June 15.

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Smashing together a billion protons a second wasn’t enough for the Large Hadron Collider.

The particle accelerator, located at CERN in Geneva, is getting spiffed up to allow it to carry out collisions at an even faster rate. On June 15, scientists announced the start of construction for an LHC upgrade called the High-Luminosity LHC.

The upgrade will boost the collision rate by at least a factor of five. That increase should beef up the LHC’s ability to search for new particles and to study the Higgs boson, the particle that the LHC detected in 2012.

The first stage of construction involves establishing new buildings, shafts and caverns to house equipment. Eventually, scientists will begin replacing equipment inside the accelerator, including the magnets that focus and steer the beams of particles. The plan is for the HL-LHC to be in business by 2026.

Planetary Science

Opportunity rover waits out a huge dust storm on Mars

By Lisa Grossman 5:56pm, June 11, 2018
NASA’s Opportunity rover is in low-power mode to preserve battery life while a vast dust storm blankets part of the Red Planet.
Planetary Science

New Horizons wakes up to begin Kuiper Belt exploration

By Lisa Grossman 10:51am, June 5, 2018
The New Horizons spacecraft just woke up to get ready for its New Year’s Day flyby of the distant space rock Ultima Thule.
Exoplanets,, Astronomy

Take a virtual trip to an alien world

By Lisa Grossman 10:00am, June 4, 2018
NASA’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau website lets you view what alien landscapes might look like.
Pollution,, Ecosystems

Treating roads with oil and gas wastewater may spread harmful pollution

By Laurel Hamers 5:49pm, May 30, 2018
When spread on roads, wastewater from oil and gas production can leach radium and other contaminants into the environment, a new study finds.
Health

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo

By Helen Thompson 5:58pm, May 21, 2018
A vaccination campaign is up and running to fight the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo. It’s the first of its kind.
Planetary Science

China is set to launch a satellite to support a future lunar rover

By Lisa Grossman 10:00am, May 20, 2018
China is set to launch a satellite to support a future lunar rover that will make the first-ever visit to the farside of the moon.
Physics

Despite a new measurement, the neutron’s lifetime is still puzzling

By Emily Conover 5:50pm, May 9, 2018
Two techniques for gauging the subatomic particle’s longevity disagree.
Anthropology

Anthropologists in Peru have unearthed the largest known child sacrifice

By Bruce Bower 5:00pm, April 26, 2018
The largest known mass sacrifice of children occurred around 550 years ago in the Chimú empire in Peru.
Quantum Physics

Split atom clouds get entangled in quantum tests

By Emily Conover 2:00pm, April 26, 2018
Scientists create quantum links between clouds consisting of thousands of atoms.
Genetics,, Animals

Cicadas on different schedules can hybridize

By Helen Thompson 5:00pm, April 20, 2018
A new genetic study suggests that cicadas that emerge every 17 years have swapped genetic material with those that emerge every 13 years.
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