News Round-up: Higgs (probably), Dark Matter’s skeleton, Private Asteroid Detective, TV-Powered GPS, Libel Dismissed

Higgs boson found … probably Image: CERN Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world. Although […]

Sleeping beauty

If an asteroid decided to take a shine to our watery planet, couldn’t we distract it with a gentle nudge, or a handsome movie star with an enormous bomb? And if we get overrun by superbugs, or consumed by the Sun, or if Cheryl Cole stops making sweet music, surely we could do something, before […]

Personal apocalypse

Scientists at Imperial College London and Purdue University have unveiled their new and improved impact effects calculator, ‘Impact Earth’.  First revealed in 2004, ‘Impact Earth’ is a web-based tool, designed to quickly calculate the environmental and regional consequences of an asteroid or comet colliding with our planet. Lying awake at night worrying about being obliterated […]