Short Science, June 2, 2013

Peter Higgs inside the CERN tunnel in Switzerland. Photo: AFP

A Russian spaceship took a shortcut to the International Space Station this past week, delivering a veteran cosmonaut, a rookie Italian astronaut and an American mother on her second flight to the outpost in less than six hours.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 2:44am

John Ellis brings the universe's secrets down to earth

'It's important to share what we know with the public,' John Ellis says during a visit to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Clear Water Bay. Photo: Edward Wong

John Ellis, now 66, is one of the foremost experts in the field of particle physics. Ellis has appeared on The Daily Show and in the pages of Vanity Fair and The New York Times, as CERN, its Large Hadron Collider and the elusive Higgs particle they may have helped discover became the stuff of sexy science.

6 May 2013 - 10:28am

Short Science, December 23, 2012

The science fictions of Arthur C. Clarke will go electronic.

Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre said they may be able to definitively announce in March that they have discovered the elusive Higgs boson.

23 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Court considers challenge to election of C.Y.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Collider deserving of Asia's cash and interest

The sight of Wall Street chief executives and Western political leaders going hat in hand to places like Beijing and Dubai to raise desperately needed funds has become commonplace. To this long queue we can now add European physicists and mathematicians. The scientists behind the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva, want a bigger, better and more expensive atom smasher - or two.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

They lost our bling but now economists hope for a better rap

What do you get when you mix economists with musicians? Some really scary bad rap music.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Funky physics

The Large Hadron Collider, the machine built under the Swiss-French border to test the Big Bang theory, was shut down for repairs last month. But that has not stopped enthusiasts worldwide enjoying an insider's view - albeit an unorthodox one - on YouTube (keywords: 'Large Hadron Rap'), thanks to physics writer and hip-hop artist Katherine McAlpine (also known as alpinekat).

12 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Smash hit

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's biggest and most-powerful particle accelerator - is supposed to give scientists insights into the Big Bang.

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

For too many, science is an intellectual black hole

The commissioning of the world's greatest atom smasher next week ought to be a cause for celebration. The giant US$8 billion Large Hadron Collider, much delayed and way over-budget, promises to unlock the most fundamental secrets of the universe, such as what gives matter its mass, how gravity emerges and why so-called dark matter pervades the universe.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Black holes, grey goo and other matters

If the plaintiffs who have launched a lawsuit against a new multibillion-dollar particle collider at a US court in Hawaii are right, we may be in for extinction. But don't worry! Our last moment would come so fast that we wouldn't know what had hit us.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am