December 1, 2009 |
The much-delayed, problem-plagued European Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator, is finally beginning to show off the technological muscle that is expected to produce some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 21st century. After months of repairs, operators at the $8-billion collider located on the Franco-Swiss border successfully accelerated the machine's twin beams of protons to 1.18 trillion electron volts Monday. That surpasses the previous collider record of 0.98 trillion electron volts, set in 2001 by America's Tevatron collider, located at Fermilab outside Chicago.
September 21, 2008 |
The world's largest atom smasher, which was launched with great fanfare this month, has been damaged twice and will be out of commission for at least two months, its operators said. The European Organization for Nuclear Research said that a large amount of helium had leaked into the 17-mile circular tunnel that houses the Large Hadron Collider deep under the Swiss-French border. The massive collider had to be shut down only 36 hours after it began operating. A second failure took place midday Friday.
May 17, 2008 |
This review is being written by a white-trash guy who grew up in village a lot like author Kelly McMasters' blue-collar hometown, Shirley, on Long Island's south shore. It's one of those places beaten up by the weather and changing economic conditions, one that rich people speed by on their way to the fashionable Hamptons. Places such as Patchogue, where I grew up, Shirley and its neighbor, Mastic, have not been the subject of much literature.
January 31, 2008 |
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday boasted that his country was nearing the "peak" of its efforts to unlock the secrets of the atom, and he again ruled out suspending the nuclear program. But another Iranian official revealed that Russia continues to withhold key equipment to get an almost-complete nuclear power plant near the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr up and running, evidence that Moscow retains important leverage with Tehran.
October 30, 2007 |
The head of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency said Monday that the inquiry into Iran's nuclear case was not closed, as the country's president proclaimed to the United Nations last month, and called it regrettable that Iran continued to enrich uranium despite the Security Council's demand to stop the process.
October 2, 2007 |
An independent group of nuclear weapons experts said Monday that substantial work remained to be done on a new generation of warheads in order to show, short of underground testing, that the bombs would be reliable. The National Nuclear Security Administration, a part of the Energy Department, is backing an effort by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California to develop a hydrogen bomb that would replace parts of the existing Cold War-era stockpile.
September 2, 2007 |
When word came on Oct. 16, 1964, that China had detonated its first atomic bomb, thousands of scientists and soldiers ran onto the grasslands here, leaping and shouting and weeping with joy. It was a triumphant moment, the tears washing away the humiliation of the Soviet Union's withdrawal of support and the crumbling of China's economy, which had left millions dead of starvation.
August 22, 2007 |
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed on a timetable for Tehran to respond to questions about its nuclear activities, both sides said Tuesday. The agreement was announced at the end of two days of talks in Tehran. There was no elaboration on the time frame. But the agreement was expected to provide for easier inspection of facilities as well as to urge Tehran to provide detailed answers on remaining questions about its activities.
May 25, 2007 |
The head of the United Nations nuclear inspection agency warned for the first time Thursday that Iran probably can enrich enough uranium to build a nuclear bomb in three to eight years, a judgment that sparked fresh concerns about Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, gave his assessment a day after a strongly worded IAEA report cautioned that Tehran had reduced its cooperation with U.N.
April 26, 2007 |
The Bush administration's plan to rapidly expand global nuclear energy took a key step Wednesday when the government signed an agreement with Japan to conduct joint research on a new generation of reactors and a new type of nuclear fuel. The Energy Department has been pushing an ambitious but controversial agenda to build a fleet of nuclear power plants worldwide, based on prospective technology that would include reprocessing radioactive wastes.