The Large Hadron Collider Broke A Record By Smashing Protons Harder Than Ever

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has broken a world record again by smashing two beams of protons together at a total energy of 13 teraelectronvolts -- the highest particle collisions to date.

The record was broken as engineers exploring the mysteries of dark matter tried a series of experiments after the LHC was restarted in April following its two-year long upgrade.

the large hadron collider

What the latest record proves is that the machine can withstand energy levels twice as high as what it endured when the Higgs boson, the 'God Particle', was discovered.

The higher energy collisions will allow scientists to explore a theory called supersymmetry which suggests that every particle in the standard model of particle physics has a heavier superpartner.

The flip side to all this great research is that LHC's record breaking success could also contribute to ending the world sooner.

Source: Tech   

Blast outside mosque in Saudi Arabia, fatalities reported - RT News

Four people were killed in eastern Saudi Arabia after a suicide bomber tried to enter a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility. It is the second attack of its kind in a week.


ISIS Blows Up 1,900-Year-Old Lion Statue In Palmyra Despite Promising Locals They Wouldn't Dest

Via Daily Mail:

    Militants fighting for the Islamic State have reportedly destroyed a famous statue of a lion in the captured city of Palmyra - despite promising locals they would not obliterate the ancient city.

    Following their capture of Palmyra last Thursday, ISIS militants are understood to have won the support of much of the local population by promising not to destroy the city' famous monuments.

    But it appears that promise was too much for the jihadis to keep, with eyewitnesses claiming they destruction of millenia-old Statues and buildings is already very much under way, with the most significant loss so far being the celebrated Lion of Al-Lat, which dates back to the first century AD.


Biden opens mouth, sticks foot in: US won't accept idea of global 'spheres of influence' -- Puppet M

The US rejects the idea of any nation claiming a sphere of influence, Vice President Joe Biden told a Washington think tank, arguing that the crisis in Ukraine was about the principles and values of the West and international order.

"We will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence," the vice president said during a speech at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. It remained unclear whether the remark applied to US influence around the globe, or referred only to Russia, China and other countries.


Beaches closed along southern California coast as globs of tar wash ashore from unknown source -- Ea

Popular beaches along nearly 7 miles of Los Angeles-area coastline were off-limits to surfing and swimming Thursday as scientists looked for the source of globs of tar that washed ashore.

The sand and surf on south Santa Monica Bay appeared virtually free of oil after an overnight cleanup, but officials weren't sure if more tar would show up. They planned to assess during low tide at midday.

U.S. Coast Guard and state officials said samples of tar and water would be analyzed to identify where it originated, but it could take days to get the results. Nothing has been ruled out, including last week's coastal oil spill that created a 10-square-mile slick about 100 miles to the northwest off the Santa Barbara County coast.


Armed Biker Gangs Plan Muhammad Drawing Outside Arizona Mosque / Sputnik International

Anti-Islam "activist" and former US Marine Jon Ritzheimer is calling on armed bikers to join him outside a Phoenix mosque on Friday - a day of communal prayer - to harass and antagonize attendees with cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad outside the Islamic Community Center.

Ritzheimer is touting the event as the "Freedom of Speech Rally Round II," and is calling for demonstrators to bring American flags and utilize their "Second Amendment rights at this event just in case our First Amendment comes under the much anticipated attack."


Not a good day for Russia may mean not a good night for the west

Several East and Central European news agencies and two Slog sources are averring this afternoon CET that the Ukraine is about to default on its sovereign borrowings, and plead "odious debt" in relation to some of it..including all the monies it owes Russia. Ukraine' President Poroshenko signed the debt moratorium law this afternoon.

Eight days ago, Vladimir Putin argued that the new Ukrainian law being passed would allow the country "to default on its debt without warning as of now" - depending on which internet translation you accept. The Russian leader may be about to be proved correct.




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