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CERN Council opens the door to greater integration

Geneva, 18 June 2010. At its 155th session today, the CERN1 Council strongly congratulated the Laboratory on the excellent performance of the LHC since its start-up for physics on 30 March this year. Council also opened the door to greater integration in particle physics when it unanimously adopted the recommendations of a working group set up in 2008 to examine the role of the Organization in the light of increasing globalization in particle physics.

The key points agreed at today’s meeting are that:

CERN inaugurates its new permanent "Universe of Particles" exhibition

Geneva, 15 June 2010. CERN1 has recently started operating the LHC, one of the most sophisticated scientific tools ever built to explore new territories of knowledge. To share this exciting adventure with the general public, CERN is opening a visitor centre that is as high-tech and futuristic as its accelerator.

The "Universe of Particles" exhibition, installed in the Globe of Science and Innovation, will be previewed to the media on 25 June.

Children put science in the picture with the exhibition “Draw me a physicist”

Geneva 3 June 2010. From 12 to 23 June 2010, CERN1 ’s Globe of Science and Innovation will be hosting the exhibition “Draw me a physicist”, featuring over 160 drawings and definitions by children on the subject of scientific research.

The exhibition is the result of a project conducted jointly by CERN and 20 primary school classes from the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva. The six-month project had the goal of educating schoolchildren about the profession of research scientist and the world of research.

Physicists and medics set out strategy on physics for health

Geneva 3 June 2010. Following a workshop hosted by the CERN1 European particle physics laboratory in February, doctors and physicists today published a strategy for harnessing physics for health. Techniques developed for physics research have a long history of application in medicine. Today’s news recognises that synergy, and sets out a programme of strengthened collaboration.

Particle chameleon caught in the act of changing

Geneva 31 May 2010. Researchers on the OPERA experiment at the INFN1’s Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy today announced the first direct observation of a tau particle in a muon neutrino beam sent through the Earth from CERN2, 730km away. This is a significant result, providing the final missing piece of a puzzle that has been challenging science since the 1960s, and giving tantalizing hints of new physics to come.

LHC research programme gets underway

Geneva, 30 March 2010. Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST, marking the start of the LHC research programme. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator.

LHC sets new record – accelerates beam to 3.5 TeV

Geneva, 19 March 2010. At just after 5:20 this morning, two 3.5 TeV proton beams successfully circulated in the Large Hadron Collider for the first time. This is the highest energy yet achieved in a particle accelerator, and an important step on the way to the start of the LHC research programme. The first attempt to collide beams at 7 TeV (3.5 TeV per beam) will follow on a date to be announced in the near future.

CERN to celebrate International Women’s day

Geneva, 4 March 2010. On Monday 8 March, CERN1 will take on a distinctly feminine look as the laboratory celebrates the role of women in physics. Often seen as a male preserve, the reality is rather different, with women playing key roles across all areas of CERN activity.

“At CERN, and in particle physics the world over, talent is the only criterion that counts,” said CERN Director General Rolf Heuer. “Gender, race and religion have no part to play in finding the right person for the job.”

AMS experiment embarks on first leg of mission into space

Geneva, 12 February 2010. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) left CERN1 this morning on the first leg of its journey to the International Space Station (ISS). A special convoy carrying the experiment is due to arrive at the European Space Agency's research and technology centre, ESTEC, at Noordwijk in the Netherlands in six days time. Once there, the detector will undergo testing of its ability to survive a shuttle lift-off and to operate in space. Twenty members of the AMS collaboration will accompany the detector on its journey.

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