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The LHC enters a new phase

Geneva, 4 November 2010.  Proton running for 2010 in the LHC at CERN1 came to a successful conclusion today at 08:00 CET. Since the end of March, when the first collisions occurred at a total energy of 7 TeV, the machine and experiment teams have achieved all of their objectives for the first year of proton physics at this record energy and new ground has been explored. For the rest of the year the LHC is moving to a different phase of operation, in which lead ions will be accelerated and brought into collision in the machine for the first time.

The ATLAS collaboration at CERN unveils giant mural

Geneva, 6 October 2010. The ATLAS1 collaboration at CERN2 today officially unveiled a giant mural depicting the ATLAS particle detector, which is currently collecting data at the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider. Installed in a cavern 100 metres underground, the ATLAS detector is no longer open for visits. The mural, painted on the wall of an ATLAS surface building by American artist Josef Kristofoletti, is three storeys tall yet still one-third the size of the actual detector.

Be a researcher for an evening on European researchers’ night, Friday 24 September

Geneva, 16 September 2010. On Friday 24 September, CERN1 will be one of 260 European locations involved in the 5th edition of the European Researchers’ Night, an initiative funded by the European Union’s Science and Society programme aimed at highlighting the appeal of being a researcher and promoting scientific research among young Europeans.

AMS experiment takes off for Kennedy Space Center

Geneva, 18 August 2010. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, leaves CERN1 next Tuesday on the next leg of its journey to the International Space Station. The AMS detector2 is being transported from CERN to Geneva International Airport in preparation for its planned departure from Switzerland on 26 August, when it will be flown to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on board a US Air Force Galaxy transport aircraft.

ICHEP 2010 conference highlights first results from the LHC

Geneva, 26 July 2010. First results from the LHC at CERN1 are being revealed at ICHEP, the world’s largest international conference on particle physics, which has attracted more than 1000 participants to its venue in Paris. The spokespersons of the four major experiments at the LHC – ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb – are today presenting measurements from the first three months of successful LHC operation at 3.5 TeV per beam, an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator.

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.

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