Africa needs more science, tech investment, says Pandor

2014-10-21 12:38

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the need for investment in scientific research on the continent, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has said.

Search for 1st web page takes detour

2013-06-11 11:26

For the European physicists who created the world wide web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began.

Hawking and Cern scoop science prizes

2012-12-11 22:35

Stephen Hawking, the British cosmologist who urged people to "be curious" in the Paralympics opening ceremony, has landed the richest prize in science.

Higgs boson clears key hurdle

2012-09-10 17:03

The announcement two months ago that physicists have discovered a particle consistent with the famous Higgs boson has cleared a formal hurdle with publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

New vigour in quest for Higgs boson

2012-08-01 17:42

Scientists at the Cern physics lab are smashing particles with new vigour in a quest to understand why matter has mass and other riddles of the natural universe.

Higgs delighted after particle milestone

2012-07-06 16:01

The British scientist who gave his name to what is likely to be the Higgs boson particle spoke of his delight at the discovery.


Scientists unveiled a discovery of what could be the elusive Higgs sub a-tomic particle, the basic building block of the universe. The discovery marks a significant breakthrough in understanding the fundamental laws governing the universe.

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Mixed feelings over new particle

2012-07-04 14:53

The release of dramatic new data pointing to the existence of the Higgs boson "God particle" sent a flutter of pride and frustration through India's scientific community.

Uncertain if particle is Higgs boson

2012-07-04 10:31

A new subatomic particle found by Cern scientists could be the elusive Higgs boson, the basic building block of the universe, or it could be something else entirely…

God particle announcement soon

2012-07-02 14:51

An imminent announcement on the so-called "God particle" is expected when scientists at European Organisation for Nuclear Research meet.

Scientists make particle breakthrough

2012-04-27 20:00

European researchers say they have discovered a new subatomic particle that helps confirm our knowledge about how quarks bind - one of the basic forces in the shaping of matter.

Cern to re-run Einstein tests

2012-02-23 22:25

Physicists are to run new tests in May after the Cern research institute said that its startling findings appearing to show that one of Einstein's fundamental theories was wrong could have been caused by a loose cable.

'God particle' is critical for universe

2012-01-23 14:50

Particle physics aims to explore the interactions of various atomic particles and the identification of the so-called "god particle" is central to understanding the universe.

Scientists close in on 'god particle'

2011-12-09 07:28

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider are closing in to find a long-sought theoretical particle that would help explain the origins of the universe.

Test result proves Einstein wrong

2011-11-18 15:05

A new experiment appears to provide further evidence that Einstein may have been wrong when he said nothing could go faster than the speed of light.

Scepticism over faster-than-light particle

2011-10-07 07:25

The heads of three major physics labs are sceptical a subatomic particle traveled faster than the speed of light.

Cosmic enigma eyed in new Cern project

2011-09-28 23:10

Unravelling one of the great enigmas of the visible universe, why it is made up largely of matter, will be the target of a ground-breaking research project at Cern.

Experts race to check faster-than-light results

2011-09-23 14:45

Scientists are planning high-speed tests to see if a revolutionary shift in explaining the workings of the universe is needed.

Scientists close in on antimatter

2011-06-06 09:30

Scientists have trapped and stored antihydrogen atoms for a record amount of time, a technical feat that promises deeper insights into the mysteries of antimatter.

LHC eyes mystery particle

2011-02-02 07:31

Physicists seeking to prove that many ideas from science fiction are really fact are confident they can track a mystery particle that makes the universe work.

Cern scientists study antimatter

2010-11-18 11:48

Scientists at Cern have trapped dozens of hydrogen "antimatter" atoms, a technical feat that boosts research into one of the great puzzles of particle physics.

LHC to unlock universe secrets

2010-11-05 08:30

Scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher have stepped up their efforts to recreate the Big Bang that formed the universe.

Cern to shut accelerators

2010-09-18 09:10

Europe's particle research centre Cern has unveiled budget cuts that will force it to temporarily close its accelerators for a year in 2012.

Antimatter detector on last shuttle

2010-08-25 20:03

The US Air Force is flying a $2bn antimatter detector which is too big for a civilian 747 freighter, to Florida to catch the final shuttle flight.


Scientists criticise Europe’s $1bn brain project

2014-07-08 12:45

Dozens of neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste money and harm neuroscience.

Cern to re-create first web page

2013-04-30 09:46

A team at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) has launched a project to re-create the first web page.

Atom smasher to hibernate

2013-01-06 20:24

The European atom smasher is to be re-engineered and will close in March for 2 years.

Particle change hailed by Cern

2012-11-13 11:49

Cern researchers have spotted a particle reshaping into two others in their Large Hadron Collider, a breakthrough that could be crucial in exploring physics frontiers.

Higgs Boson provides a musical spin

2012-08-25 07:10

A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative rush in music, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

First web image celebrated

2012-07-11 11:15

Scientists at Cern will celebrate the first picture uploaded on to the internet by programmer Jean-François Groff.

Tears as 'Higgs-like' particle found

2012-07-05 10:42

Raucous applause more usually seen at a football match and tearful exchanges are not things you would associate with a meeting of the science community.

SA prof worked on finding Higgs particle

2012-07-05 07:26

Six South African universities, under the SA-Cern programme, played a key role in the observation the Higgs-like particle announced at the Cern facility in Geneva.

New particle find a 'milestone'

2012-07-04 11:55

Physicists are delighted after finding a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass.

Cern: Particle may be Higgs boson

2012-07-04 09:44

Scientists at the Cern research centre have discovered a new subatomic particle that could be the elusive Higgs boson, which is believed to be crucial in the formation of the universe.

Big Bang particle discovery 'closer'

2012-06-13 07:36

Physicists investigating the make-up of the universe are closing in on the Higgs boson, an elusive particle thought to have been key to turning debris from the Big Bang into stars.

New test finds neutrinos not as speedy

2012-03-17 11:31

New research suggests neutrinos that appeared to break a basic law of physics by travelling faster than the speed of light kept within the universal speed limit after all.

Fault found in faster-than-light result

2012-02-23 10:36

Researchers have found a flaw in the technical setup of an experiment that startled the science world by appearing to show particles travelling faster than light.

'God particle' announcement soon

2011-12-12 08:22

Scientists have predicted that sighting of the first strong signs of a particle vital to support Einstein's ideas on the working of the universe will be reported by Cern.

Study rejects faster-than-light particle

2011-11-22 08:37

Scientists studying the same neutrino particles colleagues say appear to have travelled faster than light have rejected the startling finding.

Experts re-examine 'faster-than-light' result

2011-10-28 21:56

Scientists are revisiting their contested experiment that found particles travelling faster than the speed of light.

Cosmic research 'Dream Machine' mooted

2011-10-04 08:23

Top international physicists have met to discuss how to push forward construction of a "dream machine".

Big US physics era ending

2011-09-26 15:20

The era of big American physics will end with the retirement of the Tevatron particle accelerator, which has been recreating the Big Bang for 25 years.

'God particle' hopes fade

2011-08-23 08:14

Scientists searching to solve the greatest riddle in all of physics have said that signs are fading of the elusive Higgs-Boson particle, described as the "God particle".

Riddle of 'God particle' may be solved by 2012

2011-05-17 20:15

Physicists believe by the end of 2012 they can determine whether a theorised particle called the Higgs boson, which has unleashed a gruelling decades-long hunt, exists or not.

Cern may extend Big Bang research

2010-12-03 18:04

New data on the origins of the universe is pouring in so quickly that physicists may extend the current opening phase of their Big Bang project to the end of 2012.

Big Bang recreated at LHC - almost

2010-11-09 07:21

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have succeeded in recreating conditions shortly after the Big Bang by switching the particles used for collisions from protons to heavier lead ions.

New discovery spotted at LHC

2010-09-22 13:53

Scientists have said they appeared to have discovered a previously unobserved phenomenon in their quest to unravel the deepest secrets of the universe.

Cern faces cost cuts

2010-08-26 08:28

Cern, engaged in a high-profile programme investigating the origins of the cosmos, faces a sharp cut in its budget over the next five years.

Experts want bigger banger

2010-07-26 11:10

Scientists behind the European atom smasher want to build an even bigger machine with partners and funds from around the world.

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