CERN update

5 Jul 2014

At ... we are back at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Not many press releases from CERN recently but they have been upgrading their baby - big time (and fast approaching a new season of experiments). The Higgs Boson particle is the focus of atttention. They have sifted through reams of experimental data  in order to understand the traits and behaviour of the particle. None of it seems capable of explaining dark matter and in addition there is no evidence of supersymmetry.

Meanwhile, over at ... in 1908 Dutch physicist Kumerligh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450 degrees fahrenheit and discovered that it could conduct electicity perfectly. Ordinary copper wire loses up to one third of the electricity it carries (over a long distance) and superconductors don't lose any - but how to master them.