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Father of 'the God particle' Peter Higgs says fame is a bit of a nuisance

Nobel prize-winning scientist Prof Peter Higgs, says he finds his new-found fame "a bit of a nuisance".<p>The 84-year-old scientist was thrust into the limelight after the elusive fundamental particle that bears his name was found by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the huge …

Diamond: Britain's answer to the Large Hadron Collider

The darling of particle physics might be the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, but as a practical tool it's no match for the UK's Diamond Light Source. Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory campus at Harwell in Oxfordshire, Diamond is an alchemist's dream, a place where beams of light …

Scientists Say Space Dust Carries Water and Organic Compounds

Scientists say space dust can deliver water and organic compounds to Earth and other terrestrial planets. The surfaces of tiny interplanetary dust …

How Can Death Be So Beautiful?

Several billion years after it’s born, a star dies. It’s death takes another few billion years. Our middle-aged sun is expected to die in some 5 …

Can flywheel technology drive out the battery from car hybrids?

Consider the hybrid car. Halfway between the traditional motor and the fully electric Nissan Leaf or the Volkswagen e-Up!, they're a nod to green motoring. While retaining a conventional diesel engine, they can harvest kinetic energy from the car's braking motion and use that to power an additional …