Geneva, 15 December 2006. Delegates attending the 140th meeting of CERN1 Council today heard a confident report from the Laboratory about the scheduled start-up of the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collier (LHC), in 2007.
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Geneva, 14 December 2006. Today, Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research received a statement of support for the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers from EIROforum1.
Geneva, 28 November 2006. CERN1 took delivery of the last superconducting main magnet for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on 27 November. This completes the full set of 1624 main magnets2 required to build the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.
Geneva, 20 November 2006. The largest superconducting magnet ever built has successfully been powered up to its nominal operating conditions at the first attempt. Called the Barrel Toroid because of its shape, this magnet provides a powerful magnetic field for ATLAS, one of the major particle detectors being prepared to take data at CERN1's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator scheduled to turn on in November 2007.
Geneva, 3 November 2006. The first meeting of European particle physics funding agencies took place today at CERN1 to establish a consortium for Open Access publishing in particle physics, SCOAP32. This is the first time an entire scientific field is exploring the conversion of its reader-paid journals into an author-paid Open Access format.
Geneva, 31 October 2006. A pioneering experiment at CERN1 with potential future application in cancer therapy has produced its first results. Started in 2003, ACE (Antiproton Cell Experiment) is the first investigation of the biological effects of antiprotons.
Geneva, 19 October 2006. A novel experiment, known as CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets), begins taking its first data today with a prototype detector in a particle beam at CERN1, the world's largest laboratory for particle physics. The goal of the experiment is to investigate the possible influence of galactic cosmic rays on Earth's clouds and climate. This represents the first time a high energy physics accelerator has been used for atmospheric and climate science.
Geneva, 2 October 2006. Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Cambridge University and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time, has paid a week long visit to CERN1 in Geneva – the world’s largest centre for particle physics.
Geneva, 25 September 2006. A milestone for scientific Grid computing was announced today at the launch of EGEE’06, a major conference on scientific Grids hosted by CERN1 and held in Geneva this week. The Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project2 maintains a global Grid infrastructure that has been able to sustain more than 30000 jobs a day – over a million per month – for a period of six months this year.
Geneva, 15 September 2006. This week at GridWorld, a major conference for enterprise Grids held in Washington, D.C., CERN1 was honoured with two awards for “Most Innovative Grid Implementation in Public Sector Research” and “Overall Top Research Grid”. The awards were presented by the publishers of GRIDtoday, a leading source of news on Grid technology for the business world. These awards signal the growing interest of the business community in the Grid technology that CERN and its partners have been developing.