Press releases 2001

Live webcast from Europe's leading Research Organisations

Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? Are we alone? These questions have always fascinated humanity and for more than 30 years, physicists, biologists, chemists, cosmologists and astronomers have worked tirelessly to answer these questions. And now this November via webcast, all the world will have the opportunity to see the latest on extraterrestrial life from the most prestigious research centers and how for the past three months, European students have had the chance to jump into the scientists' shoes and explore these questions for themselves.

Major Milestone for LHC Systems

It was all systems go for CERN*'s forthcoming particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), last week when a chain of prototype magnets was successfully operated for the first time at the full magnetic field needed to achieve the high energy of the LHC's particle beams. Known as String 2, the chain consists five superconducting magnets along with all the necessary cooling, powering, and safety systems. Its successful operation is a clear indication that the Laboratory is firmly on course to meet the LHC's exacting technical requirements.

CERN teams up with Leaders in Information Technology to build giant Data Grid

CERN*, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland announced today the creation of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. Three leading Information Technology firms: Enterasys Networks, Intel and KPNQwest have joined CERN to push forward this groundbreaking project in advanced distributed computing. Each company will invest 2.5 MCHF ($1.5M) over a period of 3 years to help CERN achieve its ambitious objectives.

CERN Council gives go ahead for LHC Computing Grid project

'A thousand times more computing power by 2006'

The first phase of the LHC Computing Grid project was approved at an extraordinary meeting of the CERN* Council on 20 September 2001. CERN is preparing for the unprecedented avalanche of data that will be produced by the multinational experiments at its new particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful device of its kind ever built.

CERN signs draft Memorandum of Understanding with Iran

Iranian Minister for Science, Research and Technology, Dr Mostafa Moin, and CERN* Director-General, Professor Luciano Maiani, today signed a draft Memorandum of Understanding concerning the participation of Iranian universities in the Laboratory's scientific programme. Under this agreement, one Iranian researcher and three students will come to CERN to participate in the CMS experiment, with Iranian industry contributing to the experiment's construction. The Memorandum also paves the way for possible further Iranian involvement with experiments at CERN.

Life in the Universe

Is there anybody out there?

The Universe is indescribably huge. Can it be possible that humanity is the only form of intelligent life that exists in all this immensity? Are we really alone ?

Throughout history there have been reported sightings of creatures from elsewhere. Science fiction novels and films with flying saucers and bizarre looking aliens are part of our general culture. Perhaps the Earth is really only an experiment designed by mice and soon we will all be destroyed to make way for a new interstellar highway!

Prestigious US award for CERN computing

On 4 June in the distinguished surroundings of Washington's National Building Museum, Les Robertson (photo), Deputy Leader of CERN*'s Information Technology Division accepted a 21st Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program on behalf of the Laboratory. This prestigious award was made to CERN for its innovative application of information technology to the benefit of society, and followed the Laboratory's nomination by Lawrence Ellison, Chairman and CEO of the Oracle Corporation.


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