Composing music using the Higgs boson LHC data

I discover it out late enough, but the project is fantastic!

On Wednesday 4th July 2012, scientists at CERN announced that they had found a Higgs-like particle after analysing results from the Large Hadron Collider.

After the announce, Domenico Vicinanza starts another project: the ‘sonification’ of the data observer in the LHC

The Higgs sonification is an alternative representation of the scientific graph the ATLAS experiment presented on 4th July. 
The sonification algorithm we used offers the same qualitative and quantitative information contained in the graph , only translated into notes.

The first result was as follows:

The project continued, reaching the creation of LHChamber Music, an experimental piece based on the sonification of the data recorded by the 4 detectors (ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb) during the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run 2010–2013.

Domenico Vicinanza composed one melody from five distinct physics results, and seven musicians played the sonifications, together creating a beautiful harmony.

LHChamber Music was composed for the 60th CERN Anniversary and was recorderd in the four experimental caverns and in the CERN Control Centre (CCC) by physicists and engineers working at CERN:

The video was produced by Piotr Traczyk, who also plays the guitar in the ‘symphony’.

And Piotr also produced another video focused on the sonification of the Higgs boson data, this time with a metal flavour:

What can I say? Wonderful!


The first Higgs boson data sonifcation!
The first Higgs boson data sonifcation!
The first Higgs boson data sonifcation!
The first Higgs boson data sonifcation!
The first Higgs boson data sonifcation!

How to build a DIY EMP generator

But be careful, can be dangerous!

FPS Weapons has published a video tutorial that show how to build a 8$ handheld EMP generator which can be used to generate a strong enough magnetic pulse to induce an unexpected voltage inside of a piece of digital electronics.

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From Wikipedia:

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. Such a pulse’s origination may be a natural occurrence or man-made and can occur as a radiated, electric or magnetic field or a conducted electric current, depending on the source.

EMP interference is generally disruptive or damaging to electronic equipment, and at higher energy levels a powerful EMP event such as a lightning strike can damage physical objects such as buildings and aircraft structures. The management of EMP effects is an important branch of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) engineering.


Be very care if making one of these because the high voltage capacitor will deliver a very painful shock when coming in contact with you, also if the device is used for malicious purposes it is seen as illegal.

Opportunity sends us a panoramic photo of ‘Marathon Valley’ on Mars

Marathon Valley, seen through the robotic eyes of Opportunity has published a very high resolution (17.000×6000 pixels) image of Marathon Valley on Mars surface.

The image is a merge of multiple pancam exposures taken during the period April 16 through May 15, 2016 by Rover Opportunity on Mars:

The high point in the right half of the scene is “Knudsen Ridge,” which forms part of the southern edge of Marathon Valley. Portions of the northeastern and eastern rim of Endeavour crater appear on the distant horizon. Endeavour Crater is 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter.

A full resolution TIFF file is available, the link is PIA20749_full.tif.

Just a note from JPL website:

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