Large Hadron Collider

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.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 10:28am

New particle is simplest version of Higgs boson

Scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider have found no evidence that the new particle discovered earlier this year is anything but the simplest - and most boring - variety of Higgs boson.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

Physics that keeps on boggling the mind

The Cern experiment that found a stream of subatomic particles had travelled faster than the speed of light in apparent violation of Einstein's relativity theory made news headlines everywhere. Physicists around the world are now trying to check and recheck the results, or duplicate the experiment. Many experts believe it's a false alarm. We'll find out soon enough.

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hongkonger right in the thick of the search for 'God particle'

Jacky Lie Ki is looking for God, or rather what is known as the God particle.

The physics doctorate student from Hong Kong has been working for more than a year alongside hundreds of the world's best physicists and engineers at CERN to study the forces of nature that created the universe and shape space-time itself.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Lack of investment in medium to large science hampers Hong Kong

I would like to echo the call by Tony Chan Fan-cheong, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for Hong Kong's participation in major international science projects ('A sound experiment', August 25).

29 Aug 2010 - 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

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

What's your favourite book and why?

Antony Huen, 16

The Phantom of the Opera. It's a horror but it's also a tragedy about a man trying to win his beloved. And the mystery that is the Phantom keeps me addicted to the story.

Nashua Gaffoor, 15

30 Jan 2005 - 12:00am