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EIB lends € 300 million for CERN's major collider

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 300 million to finance the final phase of construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN1, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The EIB loan will also help to finance the instrumentation to record and analyse the high-energy particle collisions at the LHC. A loan to enable construction of this major project was foreseen by CERN's governing Council when it approved the LHC in 1996.

CERN Council looks to bright future

The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 123rd session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin. The election of the next Director General, the Baseline Plan for 2003-2010 and a new status for non-European states were among the items agreed.

The Grid gets real

The European DataGrid (EDG)1 project has taken a major step towards making the concept of a world-wide computing Grid a reality. Its latest release of middleware – the software that makes a Grid of computers work together seamlessly – will support production quality Grid computing. Markus Schulz, one of the chief software developers at CERN2, explains, "This release will take the EDG project from the laboratory bench into the real world".

Live Webcasts from CERN for the European Science and Technology week

Visit http://www.cern.ch/sci-tech on 7 - 8 November to find out what modern Europeans can't live without. Seven of Europe's leading Research Organizations1 are presenting three live Webcasts from CERN2 in a joint outreach programme for the European Science and Technology Week. The aim of Sci-Tech… couldn't be without it! is to show how today's society couldn't be without cutting-edge scientific research.

CERN experiment provides first glimpse inside cold antihydrogen

The ATRAP1 experiment at the Antiproton Decelerator at CERN2 has detected and measured large numbers of cold antihydrogen atoms. Relying on ionization of the cold antiatoms when they pass through a strong electric field gradient, the ATRAP measurement provides the first glimpse inside an antiatom, and the first information about the physics of antihydrogen. The results have been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

CERN illuminates the "Shadows of the Infinite"

CERN1 the world's leading particle physics research laboratory, has joined forces with the London Institute, one of the world's leading institutions in creativity to bring about a European revolution in arts and science with the aid of funding from the EC.

The London Institute will unveil five radical new fusions of art and science across Europe in one week at the beginning of November. These are:

Marie Curie Fellowships showcased at CERN

CERN1 becomes a showcase for European Union (EU) research on 3-4 October when it hosts a workshop for EU-funded Marie Curie fellows working in various fields of physics and technology. The Marie Curie scheme gives young researchers from around the continent the mobility to go to wherever Europe's best facilities in their chosen field happen to be, and it is a key plank in the EU's strategy of creating a European Research Area.

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