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CERN announces winners of its first beam line for schools competition

Geneva, 6 June 2014. CERN1 today announced the winners of its first beam line for schools competition. Following almost 300 submissions from school groups around the world, two teams have been selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. The winners are the “Odysseus' Comrades” team from Varvakios Pilot School in Athens, Greece and the “Dominicuscollege” team from Dominicus College in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

CERN’s ALPHA experiment measures charge of antihydrogen

Geneva, 3 June 2014. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications today, the ALPHA experiment at CERN1's Antiproton Decelerator (AD) reports a measurement of the electric charge of antihydrogen atoms, finding it to be compatible with zero to eight decimal places. Although this result comes as no surprise, since hydrogen atoms are electrically neutral, it is the first time that the charge of an antiatom has been measured to high precision.

CERN experiment sheds new light on cloud formation

Geneva, 16 May 2014. In a paper published in the journal Science today, CERN1’s CLOUD2 experiment has shown that biogenic vapours emitted by trees and oxidised in the atmosphere have a significant impact on the formation of clouds, thus helping to cool the planet. These biogenic aerosols are what give forests seen from afar their characteristic blue haze. The CLOUD study shows that the oxidised biogenic vapours bind with sulphuric acid to form embryonic particles which can then grow to become the seeds on which cloud droplets can form.

The Third Collide@CERN-Geneva prize in Music and Sound awarded to two artists

Geneva, 29 April 2014. CERN1, the City and the Canton of Geneva have awarded the third Collide @ CERN-Geneva prize2 jointly for the first time to two artists - the guitarist Vincent Hanni3 who is a member of the band The Young Gods and the installation artist Rudy Decelière4.

The award was made for their detailed proposal to explore in sound how the analogue developed into the digital world at CERN, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary.

International team of LHC and Tevatron scientists announces first joint result

Chicago, USA and Geneva, Switzerland, 19 March 2014. Scientists working on the world’s leading particle collider experiments have joined forces, combined their data and produced the first joint result from Fermilab1’s Tevatron and CERN2’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), past and current holders of the record for most powerful particle collider on Earth. Scientists from the four experiments involved—ATLAS, CDF, CMS and DZero—announced their joint findings on the mass of the top quark today at the Rencontres de Moriond international physics conference in Italy.

CERN celebrates 60 years of science for peace

Geneva, 18 March 2014. CERN1 is celebrating 60 years of science for peace in 2014, with events at the Organization’s Geneva laboratory and in its Members States. Festivities will focus on two key events. The first is on 1 July at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, where the Organization’s 12 founding members established the CERN Convention on 1 July 1953. The second marks CERN’s 60th birthday, 29 September, the date on which the Convention was ratified 60 years ago and the Organization formally came into existence. It will be celebrated in Geneva.

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