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Hadron Collider upgrade to unlock more 'God particles'

Hadron Collider upgrade to unlock more 'God particles'

Technology
A  major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is under way, with scientists hoping to produce four times more "God particles" a year and unlock further secrets about the universe's existence. The physics research centre CERN launched the upgrade six years after the particle accelerator confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson.The so-called "God particle" - along with an associated force field - allowed researchers to better understand where matter gets its mass from.Scientists said the revamp would boost the "luminosity" of proton-smashing experiments at the LHC, which is a 17-mile ring beneath the Swiss-French border, and produce a clearer picture of the sub-atomic world. Image: Work has started on the upgrade, whic...
Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Science
Work has begun on a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle smasher.The High-Luminosity LHC will make it possible to study the fundamental building blocks of matter in more detail than ever before.Cern, the organisation that operates the LHC, held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the beginning of civil engineering works.The vast LHC is housed beneath the French-Swiss border, near Geneva.The upgrade will boost the accelerator's potential for new discoveries in physics, starting in 2026."The HiLumi project will allow us to get a lot more out of the LHC than we have been able to get so far," said theoretical physicist Prof John Ellis."It's going to enable us to probe much deeper into the history of the Universe, look at very rar...
General Atomics to upgrade radar on Reaper drones

General Atomics to upgrade radar on Reaper drones

Business
June 15 (UPI) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a contract by the Air Force for upgrades to radars on the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, the Pentagon announced this week. The contract, announced Thursday by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and worth more than $ 22 million, comes under a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for production on the MQ-9 Reaper. Specifically, General Atomics will produce the upgraded Lynx Block 20A synthetic aperture radar for installation on the MQ-9 Block 5 version of the drone. Work on the contract will be done in Poway, Calif., and is expected to be finished by June 31, 2020. General Atomics has been obligated the full value of the contract at the time of award from fiscal 2016 aircraft procureme...