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  • Image from CERN's LHC control room and Professor John Butterworth, University College London

    The LHC: worth the wait?

    In a special article particle physicist Professor Jonathan Butterworth explains the trials of waiting for the start-up and what happened to the machine following its switch-on in 2008.

    Latest News: The LHC was re-started on Friday 20 November 2009. BBC News report.

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  • Programmes

    Programmes on the Day

    Andrew Marr hosted a special day of programmes from the Control Room at CERN. The switch-on took place just after 0830 (BST).

  • BBC News CERN image

    BBC News: Large Hadron Collider Guide

    What is the Large Hadron Collider? Find out, step by step, with BBC Science Correspondent David Shukman

    Follow this link to go the BBC News LHC Guide


Radio 4 joined CERN on 10 September 2008 when scientists launched the new Large Hadron Collider in their attempt to discover more about the origins and nature of the Universe.

You can now listen the full series of The Great Particle Adventure with Ben Miller exclusively on this website.

The CERN season and latest news
Large Hadron Collider sees high-energy success
CERN image

30 March 2010: Europe's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has produced record-breaking high-energy particle collisions. Scientists working on the European machine have smashed beams of protons together at energies that are 3.5 times higher than previously achieved. BBC News report..

Reports from the CERN Control Room

An illuminating commentary by BBC journalists as the events unfolded on launch day ...

CERN logo

Time: 1730pm (BST) FROM Andrew Caspari, Radio 4, in central control room

Physics Rocks
Celebrities appearing on Physics Rocks

Is particle physics the new rock n’ roll? The extraordinary questions that particle physics hopes to answer has attracted some very high profile fans. Also Alexandra Feachem, the series producer, gives a unique insight into the making of the series.

The end of the world is not nigh
The earth

The verdict of an exhaustive safety assessment is that world is not going to end when scientists switch on the Large Hadron Collider. Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith says there have long been high energy particles flooding in from the cosmos - and if they were dangerous they would have killed us a long time ago.

Picture gallery
Image from CERN

A gallery of images of, and annotated by, the CERN laboratory

Radio 4 on particle physics
Colliding particles

Listen again to a range of programmes produced by Radio 4's Frontiers and Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time including the Big Bang, the Higgs Boson 'God particle' and Dark Matter and theories of everything.

Help scientists build the LHC
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LHC@Home is a screensaver program that you can download which uses your computer's idle time to simulate particle travelling in the LHC.(The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites)

The Large Hadron Collider podcasts from the Open University
The Open University logo

To mark the re-launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Open University examines how an accelerator works, why the LHC failed in 2008 and what scientists hope its high-energy collisions will reveal. Dr Stephen Serjeant and Dr David Broadhurst from the Open University and Dr Dan Faircloth and Dr Bruce Kennedy from the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory share their passion for this immense machine that will recreate, on a tiny scale, conditions that existed just after the Big Bang.




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