As the BBC reports, the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] at Cern is back with stable beams of protons after its winter break, and at a new record collision energy of 8 trillion electron volts. From the BBC report
Running the LHC at higher energies makes it more likely that Higgs particles, if they exist, will show themselves in the debris of the proton collisions.
“The increase in energy is all about maximising the discovery potential of the LHC,” said Cern Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “And in that respect, 2012 looks set to be a vintage year for particle physics.”
CERN News has the latest
And Professor Matt Strassler has some excellent advice for the 2012 LHC
1. No Boson Left Behind