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CERN prepares its long-term future

Geneva, 6 February 2014. Particle physics takes the long-term view. Originally conceived in the 1980s, the LHC took another 25 years to come into being. This accelerator, which is unlike any other, is just at the start of a programme which is expected to run for another 20 years. Even now, as consolidation work aimed at a restart in 2015 continues, detailed plans are being hatched for a large-scale upgrade to increase luminosity and thereby exploit the LHC to its full potential.

CERN experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen atoms for hyperfine study

Geneva, 21 January 2014. The ASACUSA1 experiment at CERN2 has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the ASACUSA collaboration reports the unambiguous detection of 80 antihydrogen atoms 2.7 metres downstream of their production, where the perturbing influence of the magnetic fields used initially to produce the antiatoms is small. This result is a significant step towards precise hyperfine spectroscopy of antihydrogen atoms.

CERN to admit Israel as first new Member State since 1999

UPDATE 15 January 2014

At a ceremony today at CERN, the Israeli flag was hoisted for the first time to join the other 20 flags of the organization’s Member States, after UNESCO officially recorded Israel's accession as a new CERN Member State.

Following the ceremony, Mr Avigdor Liberman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, visited the LHC tunnel and the ATLAS experiment, accompanied by a delegation of officials and representatives of the Israeli scientific community.

Open Access publishing initiative, SCOAP3, to start on 1 January 2014

Geneva 5 December 2013. After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN1 has today confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on 1 January 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries2, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.

CERN announces the Accelerate@CERN programme

Geneva, 22 October 2013. CERN is launching Accelerate @ CERN, its new country specific one month research award for artists who have never had a longer stay at a science laboratory before. It is the sister strand of CERN1's successful flagship artists residency programme, Collide @ CERN2. Both are part of Arts @ CERN, which was initiated by CERN’s Cultural Policy, Great Arts for Great Science in 20113.

CERN to host international conference on thorium technologies for energy

Geneva, 17 October 2013. CERN1 is to host the Thorium Energy Conference ThEC13 on 27-31 October, 2013. The Conference will address the scientific and technical advances offered by thorium in alternative nuclear technologies for energy production and for the destruction of nuclear waste. ThEC13 is organized by iThEC2 (international Thorium Energy Committee, Geneva) and IThEO3 (International Thorium Energy Organization, Stockholm).

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