UK Young Scientist of the Year awarded

The UK Young Scientist of the Year is a new competition for people aged 13-19 who have shown exceptional achievement in discovery, exploration and explanation in the sciences (natural, medical and social) and mathematics (there’s also a UK Young Technologist of the Year for achievement in technology or engineering).

The first Young Scientist award has been given to Peter Hadfield, a 17-year-old student. Here’s a BBC radio clip where he discusses his invention – a hand-held particle detector called Lucid – which is based on one of the particle detectors used in the Large Hadron Collider. Lucid will actually be used in space in 2010.

Nice one, Peter.

LHC repairs to cost £14m and take until summer 2009

The report’s back on the fault that the Large Hadron Collider in CERN experienced a few months ago. It’s going to take about £14m to repair all the superconducting magnets that were damaged following the helium leak and then to replace those spare parts. In an attempt to shoo the horse back into the barn they’ll also be installing an early-warning system on the electricalsthat would alert scientists if the same thing starts to happen again.