Brussels/Geneva, 28 May 2013. The European Commission and CERN have today agreed to support the construction of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), one of the most ambitious research facilities in the Middle East.
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An international team of physicists at the radioactive-beam facility ISOLDE at CERN1 have for the first time measured the ionization potential of the rare radioactive element astatine2.
The value for astatine, published today in the journal Nature Communications, could help chemists to develop applications for the element in radiotherapy, and will serve as a benchmark for theories that predict the structure of super-heavy elements.
On 2 June 2013 CERN1, in collaboration with its local partners, will be inaugurating a scientific tourist trail through the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva known as the Passport to the Big Bang. A major programme of activities has been organised for the general public at various CERN sites, including special events and bike rides.
Geneva, 8 May 2013. An international team at the ISOLDE radioactive-beam facility at CERN1 has shown that some atomic nuclei can assume asymmetric, "pear" shapes. The observations contradict some existing nuclear theories and will require others to be amended. The results are published in the journal Nature on 8 May 2013.
Geneva, 30 April 2013. The ALPHA collaboration at CERN1 has published a paper in Nature Communications describing the first direct analysis of how antimatter is affected by gravity.
ALPHA was the first experiment to trap atoms of antihydrogen — neutral antimatter atoms held in place with a strong magnetic field for up to 1000 seconds. The original goal of the experiment was not to study gravity, but the researchers realised that the data they had already collected might be sensitive to gravitational effects.
Geneva, 30 April 2013 - Twenty years ago CERN1 published a statement that made the World Wide Web ("W3", or simply "the web") technology available on a royalty-free basis. By making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish.
Geneva, 24 April 2013. The LHCb collaboration at CERN1 today submitted a paper to Physical Review Letters on the first observation of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the decays of the particle known as the B0s. It is only the fourth subatomic particle known to exhibit such behaviour.
Geneva, 16 April 2013. The inaugural TEDxCERN event will take place on 3 May 2013, under the theme ‘Multiplying Dimensions’, at the Globe of Science and Innovation with a Live Webcast at the CERN1 Main Auditorium and at http://tedxcern.ch homepage. Going beyond particle physics, the event, organized with the generous support of Rolex, will provide a stage for the expression of science in multiple disciplines, unveiling bold, new insights into emerging research and innovations that may fundamentally shape the course of things to come.
Geneva 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS1) today announced the first results in its search for dark matter. The results, presented by AMS spokesperson Professor Samuel Ting in a seminar at CERN2, are to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters. They report the observation of an excess of positrons in the cosmic ray flux.
Geneva, 26 March 2013. CERN1 and the City and the Canton of Geneva awarded the second Collide@CERN-Geneva2 prize to the 47 year-old film maker Jan Peters3, for his proposal to explore the world of CERN from a highly personal perspective.