Press releases 2013

CERN Open Days: bookings to visit the underground facilities are now being taken

Geneva, 15 August 2013. From today, CERN1 will be taking bookings for visits of its underground facilities during the Open Days. From 9am to 8pm on 28 and 29 September, members of the public will have a rare opportunity to visit one of CERN's underground sites. Two points of the Large Hadron Collider, CERN’s flagship accelerator, will be open to visitors, as will its four main experiments and the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), another underground accelerator.

CERN experiments put Standard Model to stringent test

Geneva, 19 July 2013. New results to be presented at the EPS-HEP conference in Stockholm, Sweden, this afternoon have put the Standard Model of particle physics to one of its most stringent tests to date. The CMS and LHCb experiments at CERN’s1 Large Hadron Collider will present measurements of one of the rarest measureable processes in physics: the decay of a Bs (pronounced B-sub-s) particle into two muons.

CERN experiments to present latest results at summer conferences

Geneva, 17 July 2013. Scientists working on CERN1 experiments are preparing to present their latest results at summer conferences. This year, two major conferences are coming up over the next couple of weeks: the European Physical Society’s High Energy Physics conference, EPS-HEP 2013, which is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18-24 July, and Strangeness in Quark Matter, SQM 2013, held in Birmingham, UK, from 22-27 July.

CERN and EUROVISION unite to attract “tweens” to science

Geneva, 11 July 2013. CERN1 and EUROVISION2 are awarding grants to two production companies to develop multiplatform media proposals to spark the scientific curiosity of “tweens” – children aged eight to twelve. 

“Children are the most remarkable example of curiosity,” said Sergio Bertolucci, CERN’s Director of Research and Computing. “We should not limit this curiosity, but develop it”.

CERN opens its doors to the world

Geneva, 4 July 2013. From 27 to 30 September 2013, CERN1 is putting on a long weekend of events and activities as a way of sharing its research and discoveries with its community and the wider public.

On Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 September, CERN will open up its installations to the general public. With the slogan “Our Universe is Yours”, these two Open Days will put the spotlight on CERN's discoveries and experiments, as well as the fantastic machines that lead to these discoveries.

CERN’s ISOLTRAP reveals new magic in the atomic nucleus

Geneva, 19 June 2013. The ISOLTRAP collaboration1 has measured the mass of exotic calcium nuclei using a new instrument installed at the ISOLDE facility at CERN2. The measurements, published on 20 June in the journal Nature, clearly establish a new “magic number” related to the stability of this exotic species. The results cast light on how nuclei can be described in terms of the fundamental strong force.

CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics inaugurate CERN data centre’s extension in Budapest, Hungary

Geneva 13 June 2013. CERN1 and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics2 today inaugurated the Hungarian data centre in Budapest, marking the completion of the facility hosting the extension for CERN computing resources. About 500 servers, 20,000 computing cores, and 5.5 Petabytes of storage are already operational at the site. The dedicated and redundant 100 Gbit/s circuits connecting the two sites are functional since February 2013 and are among the first transnational links at this distance.

CERN and Ars Electronica launch open call for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN

Geneva/Linz, 3 June 2013. CERN1 and Ars Electronica2 today launch an open call for artists working in the digital domain to apply for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN3. The winner will receive a fully funded residency at CERN and Ars Electronica to create new dimensions in their artistic practice by encounters with the world of science. This is the third year of the collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica.


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