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CERN finds external funding for new antimatter project

CERN1 will build a new experimental facility, the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) by transforming an existing CERN machine the "Antiproton Collector", which produces and stores antiprotons into a "all-in-one" machine which can, in addition, decelerate, cool, and eject antiprotons at low energies (5.8 MeV). The transformation will cost about 7 million Swiss Francs, and will be funded by special contributions from several countries, among which are , Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland and the United States.

Italian Minister of Science visits CERN and opens industrial exhibition

On 19 November 1996 H.E. Professor Luigi Berlinguer, Italy's Minister for Universities and of Scientific and Technological Research opened the seventh "Italy at CERN* " exhibition. The Minister was accompanied by Ambassador Giuseppe Baldocci, the Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission in Geneva. CERN's Director-General, Prof.

Britain at CERN

On 8 October, H.E. Mr David Beattie, British Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr John R. Nichols, H.M. Consul-General in Geneva and, Prof. Christopher Llewellyn Smith, CERN*'s Director General, formally opened the industrial exhibition of thirty-three British hi-tech companies at CERN, which takes place from 8 to 11 October, 1996.

Professor Luciano Maiani is new President of CERN Council

The delegates of the CERN* Council, the body which decides on the scientific programme and financial resources of the Organisation, elected Prof. Luciano Maiani (IT) as the next President of Council.

Prof. Maiani was elected for a period of one year and will take office as from 1 January 1997, replacing Prof. Hubert Curien (FR) who will have completed his 3 year mandate.

First results from LEP2

CERN1's Large Electron-Positron collider, LEP, produced its first pair of fundamental particles known as W+ and W- today, taking particle physics research into new and unexplored territory. This follows a busy winter of upgrades which have transformed LEP into a new accelerator, earning it the name LEP2.

Accolade for Inventors of the World-Wide Web

Nearly seven years after it was invented at CERN1, the World-Wide Web has woven its way into every corner of the Internet. On Saturday, 17 February, the inventors of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Robert Cailliau of CERN's Electronics and Computing for Physics (ECP) Division, will be honoured with one of computing's highest distinctions: the Association for Computing (ACM) Software System Award 1995. They share this prize with Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina, inventors of the Web browser "Mosaic".

First atoms of antimatter produced at CERN

In September 1995, Prof. Walter Oelert and an international team from Jülich IKP-KFA, Erlangen-Nuernberg University, GSI Darmstadt and Genoa University succeeded for the first time in synthesising atoms of antimatter from their constituent antiparticles. Nine of these atoms were produced in collisions between antiprotons and xenon atoms over a period of three weeks. Each one remained in existence for about forty billionths of a second, travelled at nearly the speed of light over a path of ten metres and then annihilated with ordinary matter.

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