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Astronomy

Double first for Large Hadron Collider; debut set for September 10

Champagne corks popped at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this weekend after one of the facility's four giant particle detectors tasted its first authentic data. Crammed into a stuffy control room on the afternoon of Friday 22 August, physicists tracked the debris produced by protons that had struck a block of concrete during a test of the collider's beam-injection system.

Full story from Nature.com.

Sept. 10 is a date particle physicists around the world have undoubtedly had circled on their calendars for some time: the official start-up of the LHC. But the rest of the world is only now beginning to pay attention to the $9-billion project.

It is expected to be the most powerful tool yet for physicists hoping to uncover the secrets behind the laws of the universe, both on the tiny scale of quantum mechanics and the huge domain of galaxies and black holes.

Full story from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Where particles, physics theories collide from CNet News.com