1. Entertainment

    7 Geek Vacation Destinations

    Culturally, Summer is over, and the autumnal equinox is just a few days away to make it official, so we figure it's a great time to start daydreaming about next year's Summer vacation. We've put together some suggestions for geeky destinations you may not have considered so you can start planning early.

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  2. Tech

    CERN Relaunched the First Web Page to Remind You How Cool the World Wide Web Really Is

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a big deal as far as Internet fame goes since he invented the world wide web. He was working for CERN when he created the first web page, so now CERN is preserving his effort. To celebrate twenty years of the world wide web, CERN has preserved the original web page and the hardware and software used to create it.

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  3. Science

    Handy Video Explains Why the Large Hadron Collider Shut Down, Shows the Repairs Being Made

    The Large Hadron Collider shut down last month for what is expected to be a two year period of upgrades and repair. Since the field of particle physics and the giant machines used to study it can be pretty complex, CERN released a short video explaining part of what will be going on in the LHC's downtime. Turns out that even though the LHC won't be operating, it's going to be a very busy place.

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  4. Science

    It’s (Mostly) Official: That’s A Higgs Boson, Alright

    After almost a year of suspense as physicists at CERN sifted through figures, parsed data, and double and triple checked their math, this morning saw the team behind the discovery of the Higgs boson finally confident enough to officially announce to the world that they had, in fact, really found a Higgs boson. The only thing that's uncertain now is which Higgs boson they've found, because come on, it wouldn't really be physics without at least one question left unanswered.

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  5. Science

    Let’s Call a Higgs a Higgs: Physicists Say Particle Discovered at CERN Looks More Like Higgs Boson

    The particle discovered last year is largely believed to be the Higgs boson, but it seems like nobody wants to be the one to officially name it that for fear of being wrong, but this week physicists presented new evidence at the Rencontres de Moriond derived from data taken from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at CERN that said the new particle discovered looks more like the Higgs boson than it did before, and they're one step closer to calling it.

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  6. Science

    Hey, Teenagers: Do Science, Win Prizes! Google Science Fair Now Taking Subsmissions

    If you're a student between the ages of 13 and 18 with an interest in science, then grab your lab coat and get to work. Google is taking submissions for their third annual Google Science Fair as of today. They've partnered up with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American to offer some truly amazing prizes that include scholarships, an expedition to the Galapagos, and a week shadowing a particle physicist at Fermilab.

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  7. Science

    Hang Out With CERN This Thursday, Talk About Particle Physics and Mice Versus Mammoths

    Sunday saw the first Large Hadron Collider physics beams of the year. Hooray! The scientists at CERN smashed together lead ions and protons in an attempt to study quark-gluon plasma, believed to be the primordial state of matter in the moments after the Big Bang. If that all sounds very complicated and you'd like someone to explain it you who really knows what they're talking about, now's your chance! Rather, Thursday is your chance. The folks at CERN will be hosting another Google Hangout to talk about the new beams, why they're using lead ions, and who would win in a fight between a mouse and a mammoth.

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  8. Science

    Score One for Science: Entire Field of Particle Physics Slowly Switching to Open-Access Publishing

    The way in which peer-reviewed scientific papers currently get published and distributed is nonsensical. Rather than providing this knowledge to the masses in order to breed further understanding and innovation, the specifics of breakthroughs are often locked behind subscriptions and other monetary systems. Thanks to CERN and the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, the field of particle physics will soon see the majority of their scientific discoveries made free to the public.

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  9. Science

    Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  10. Science

    CERN Breaks Record for Hottest Man-Made Temperature

    Remember CERN? Sure you do! They were the folks with the Large Hadron Collider who discovered that Higgs boson thing back in July. Well, they're at it again with all their science and their 17-mile-long particle accelerator, and they've even broken a world record. CERN's physicists have created the highest human-made temperature in history with their ALICE heavy ion collider, beating the previous record of four trillion Kelvin. ALICE produced a quark-gluon plasma, a sort of subatomic milkshake if you replace the milk with quarks, the ice cream with gluons, the blender with a large ion collider, and the cherry on top with ground-breaking scientific discovery. This is starting to sound less and less like a milkshake. Read on for the full scoop.

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  11. Science

    CERN Confirms Discovery of New “Higgs-like” Particle

    After keeping the physics world on pins and needles for days, scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced that they had discovered a particle which appeared to fit the profile of the long-sought Higgs boson. Though this is a celebratory moment, CERN researchers stress that there is still much to learn about this new "Higgs-like" particle.

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  12. Science

    Leaked CERN Video Confirms New Particle, Does Not Confirm Higgs Boson

    Well, this is strange. According to several news outlets, a video was accidentally posted to the CERN website and featured an announcement that the Large Hadron Collider had indeed discovered a new particle. Now things get stranger: CERN's press office says that not only was this never meant to be posted online, but is one of many videos produced in anticipation of different outcomes.

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  13. Science

    CERN Invites Higgs Boson Namesake to Press Conference on July 4: Is This What You Think it is?

    At this point, those of us on the Internet are pretty used to non-news coming out of the Higgs boson hunt at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. It usually fits the same pattern: We found something interesting, but still haven't found the Higgs boson, see you next year. However, this week's press conference is reported to have the Higgs boson's namesake in attendance. Things just got interesting.

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  14. Science

    What Would Happen If You Put Your Hand In the LHC?

    When the Sixty Symbols folks asked experts what would happen if your hand happened to find its way into the Large Hadron Collider beam, they were told "nothing good." To get a more nuanced answer, they turned to scientists at CERN. Their response was far more graphic, and gives insight into the incredible forces at work within the LHC. Watch the video after the break, and be amazed.

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  15. Science

    Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Being Chalked Up to a Loose Cable

    Remember that faster-than-light neutrino that shook up the scientific community with the possibility, though slight, that the laws of physics as we know them many not apply the way we thought they did? Well, they probably do. ScienceInsider is now reporting that the FTL neutrino wasn't the result of some crazy breach of physics as we know it. No, it's much more likely that it was the result of a loose cable.

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