Caption: Shutdown screen at Cern, Credit: Andy Duckworth
Image by: Andy Duckworth 
Shutdown screen at Cern 

The Guardian's Science Weekly: Christmas at the Large Hadron Collider

From: Jason Phipps - Guardian
Series: Science Weekly from guardian.co.uk
Length: 24:18

As the Large Hadron Collider goes into hibernation for the winter, producer Andy Duckworth visits the Atlas experiment at Cern, Geneva, to ask, will 2011 be the year of the Higgs? Read the full description.

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Assistant research scientist Prof Steven Goldfarb takes us on a trip around Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, home of the largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built, the Large Hadron Collider.

The LHC is currently asleep, switched off for planned maintenance over the winter. We sneak into the control room of the Atlas experiment, linger in the corridor where the world wide web was invented and eavesdrop on particle physicists eating in the canteen ... to find out what particle physicists talk about over lunch. Some believe 2011 will be the year of the Higgs.

We meet some of the physicists who perform on the album just released by CernResonance. They include Lukas PribylNick Barlow and PhD student Genevieve Steele who plays the celtic harp. Watch an iPhone video recording of Genevieve performing.

Find out the answers to questions like "do the lights dim when the beam is switched on?", and "what's the wi-fi access like in the room where the world wide web was invented?"

If you want to know more about how the podcast was put together, weblogged about the trip at the time. Here are some pictures from around the complex on the Swiss-Franco border.

With thanks also to Claudia Marcelloni.

WARNING: contains strong language.

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Piece Description

Assistant research scientist Prof Steven Goldfarb takes us on a trip around Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, home of the largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built, the Large Hadron Collider.

The LHC is currently asleep, switched off for planned maintenance over the winter. We sneak into the control room of the Atlas experiment, linger in the corridor where the world wide web was invented and eavesdrop on particle physicists eating in the canteen ... to find out what particle physicists talk about over lunch. Some believe 2011 will be the year of the Higgs.

We meet some of the physicists who perform on the album just released by CernResonance. They include Lukas PribylNick Barlow and PhD student Genevieve Steele who plays the celtic harp. Watch an iPhone video recording of Genevieve performing.

Find out the answers to questions like "do the lights dim when the beam is switched on?", and "what's the wi-fi access like in the room where the world wide web was invented?"

If you want to know more about how the podcast was put together, weblogged about the trip at the time. Here are some pictures from around the complex on the Swiss-Franco border.

With thanks also to Claudia Marcelloni.

WARNING: contains strong language.

Subscribe for free via iTunes to ensure every episode gets delivered. (Here is the non-iTunes URL feed).

Meet our crack team of science bloggers:

The Lay Scientist by Martin Robbins
Life and Physics by Jon Butterworth
Punctuated Equilibrium by GrrlScientist
Political Science by Evan Harris

Follow the podcast on our Science Weekly Twitter feed and receive updates on all breaking science news stories from Guardian Science.

Email scienceweeklypodcast@gmail.com.

Guardian Science is now on Facebook. You can also join our Science Weekly Facebook group.

We're always here when you need us, listen back through our archive.

Broadcast History

Uploaded to guardian.co.uk on 27th December 2010

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

We visit Cern in Geneva to find out whether 2011 will be the year of the Higgs

OUTRO:

Andy Duckworth reporting from Geneva, Switzerland on the continuing hunt for the Higgs Boson

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Twisted Christmas Chris White Atmosphere. Atmosphere 04:30
Points of Order The TLAs Resonance. Neutralino 2010 01:00
Ambient Space Deise Mikhail Koka 02:00
Zen David Rogers, Paul Shaw Atmospherics 2. Atmosphere Music 03:00
Artificial Intelligence Ray Russell Future Thriller. Trailer Tracks 02:00
Mercury Seas Bob Holroyd Altered States. Chappell AV 02:00

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