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CERN neutrino project on target

Geneva, 15 August 2005. Scientists at CERN1 today announced the completion of the target assembly for the CERN neutrinos to Gran Sasso project, CNGS. On schedule for start-up in May 2006, CNGS will send a beam of neutrinos through the Earth to the Gran Sasso laboratory 730km away in Italy in a bid to unravel the mysteries of nature’s most elusive particles.

CERN Council positioned as Europe's strategic body for particle physics

Geneva, 17 June 2005. Speaking at the 133rd session of CERN1 Council today, Council Chair, Enzo Iarocci, declared that the Council has agreed to take on the role of defining the future strategy and direction for European particle physics research. Professor Iarocci went on to remind the meeting that this task was originally foreseen for the CERN Council when the Organization was founded. 

LHC Computing Centres Join Forces for Global Grid Challenge

Geneva, 25 April 2005 – Today, in a significant milestone for scientific grid computing, eight major computing centres successfully completed a challenge to sustain a continuous data flow of 600 megabytes per second (MB/s) on average for 10 days from CERN1 in Geneva, Switzerland to seven sites in Europe and the US. The total amount of data transmitted during this challenge—500 terabytes—would take about 250 years to download using a typical 512 kilobit per second household broadband connection.

World's Largest Computing Grid Surpasses 100 Sites

Geneva, 15 March 2005 – Today, the Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (LCG) project announced that the computing Grid it is operating now includes more than 100 sites in 31 countries. This makes it the world's largest international scientific Grid. This Grid is being established in order to deal with the anticipated huge computing needs of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), currently being built at CERN1 near Geneva, Switzerland. The sites participating in the LCG project2 are primarily universities and research laboratories.

LHC magnets: the great descent

The first superconducting magnet for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was lowered into the accelerator tunnel at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 7th March. This is the first of the 1232 dipole magnets for the future collider, which measures 27 km in circumference and is scheduled to be commissioned in 2007. The date was thus a key one for CERN1 since the delivery of the 15 metre long dipole magnet weighing 35 tonnes to its final location marks the start of LHC installation.

Measurements at CERN help to re-evaluate the element of life

Geneva, 13 January 2005. Results from experiments at CERN1 and the Jyväskylä Accelerator Laboratory in Finland, reported in Nature2 today, cast new light on the primary reaction that creates carbon in stars. All the carbon in the Universe, including that needed for carbon-based life forms such as ourselves, has been made in the hearts of stars through what is known as the "triple alpha reaction".

CERN awards the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics for its role in Grid development

Geneva and Rome, 1 December 2004. In the presence of Minister Letizia Moratti, CERN1 Director General, Robert Aymar has presented the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics2 (INFN) with an award to recognize its contributions to developing computational Grids, and its pioneering efforts to establish and promote Grid technology at the national level and in Europe.

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