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Setting the stage for science in schools

Geneva, 10 November 2005 - How can you weigh the Earth with a straw, a paperclip and a piece of thread? Why don’t we really know what we see? How can a juggling act explain mathematics?

These are but a few of the on-stage activities that will be shown at the EIROforum1 Science on Stage Festival, to be held from 21 to 25 November at CERN2 in Geneva (Switzerland). With support from the European Commission, this international festival brings together around 500 science educators from 29 European countries to show how fascinating and entertaining science can be.

Global e-Infrastructure reports landmark results at European conference

Geneva, 28 October 2005. Today marked the completion of a major conference organized by the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE project, which is coordinated by CERN1 and co-funded by the European Commission, where a number of key results were reported on the road to achieving a global Grid infrastructure for science. It was announced at the conference that the EGEE infrastructure, which spans over 150 sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia, had surpassed 2 million computing jobs, or the equivalent of over 1000 years of processing on a single PC.

ICALEPCS 2005: Experts in experimental-physics controls meet in Geneva

Geneva, 7 October 2005. From 10 – 15 October, CERN1, and the Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas (CRPP) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will be hosting ICALEPCS 2005, the 10th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems, at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG).

CERN receives prestigious Milestone recognition from IEEE

Geneva, 27 September 2005. At a ceremony last night at CERN1, Mr W. Cleon Anderson, President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)2 formally dedicated a Milestone plaque in recognition of the invention of electronic particle detectors at CERN. The plaque was unveiled by Mr Anderson and Georges Charpak, the Nobel-prize winning inventor of wire chamber technology at CERN in 1968.

CERN/ITU/UNU help build momentum for African research and education networking

Geneva, 22 September 2005. As part of efforts to implement the outcome of the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva in 2003, the United Nations University (UNU1) in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU2) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN3) will hold an International Workshop on African Research and Education Networking to promote scientific cooperation with and within Africa, through the development of networking infrastructure.

Magnetic manoeuvres at CERN

Geneva, 25 August 2005. Important milestones have been successfully reached today in the installation of the two largest magnets ever built for experiments at CERN1. At one side of the 27 km ring of the future Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 230 tonne solenoid magnet for the CMS experiment has been rotated through 90° prior to insertion into its cryostat – the jacket that will cool the magnet to 4.2 K (-269° C).

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.

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