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CERN confirms LHC schedule

Geneva, 20 June 2003. The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 125th session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin (CH). Highlights of the meeting included confirmation that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its detectors are on schedule for a 2007 start-up, and that the LHC computing grid (LCG) project is about to reach a major milestone.

CERN receives early 50th anniversary present from Swiss Confederation

Swiss President Pascal Couchepin announced Wednesday 4 June an early 50th birthday present 1  from the Swiss Confederation to CERN2. Switzerland has decided to offer the laboratory the 'Palais de l'Equilibre', a landmark bu ilding designed by Geneva architects for Switzerland's 2002 national exhibition. Standing 27 metres high, the building will be transformed into an exhibition and networking centre at CERN's site on the outskirts of Geneva, and renamed the Globe of Innovation.

CERN breaks gigabyte/s storage-to-tape barrier with StorageTek

CERN1 announced today the successful completion of a major data challenge aimed at pushing the limits of data storage to tape. Using 45 newly installed StorageTek2 9940B tape drives, capable of writing to tape at 30megabyte/s, Bernd Panzer and his team at the IT Division of CERN were able to achieve storage-to-tape rates of 1.1 gigabyte/s for periods of several hours, with peaks of 1.2 gigabyte/s – roughly equivalent to storing a whole movie on DVD every four seconds. The average sustained over a three day period was of 920megabytes/s.

Swiss President to visit CERN

Pascal Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation, will visit CERN1 on 4 June to participate in the official inauguration of the underground cavern for the laboratory's ATLAS experiment. As the first new experimental cavern to be handed over to CERN by civil engineering contractors, this represents an important milestone for the Laboratory.

CERN celebrates Web anniversary

Ten years ago, CERN1 issued a statement declaring that a little known piece of software called the World Wide Web was in the public domain. That was on 30 April 1993, and it opened the floodgates to Web development around the world. By the end of the year Web browsers were de rigueur for any self-respecting computer user, and ten years on, the Web is an indispensable part of the modern communications landscape.

"Physics and Life" for Europe's Science Teachers

What do you know about modern science? Was your school science teacher inspiring and enthusiastic? Or was physics class a good time to take a nap?

EIROforum1, the group of seven leading European Research Organizations including CERN2, is launching "Physics On Stage 3". The aim is to stimulate the interest of young people through their school teachers, who can play a key role in reversing the trend of falling interest in science and current scientific research.

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.


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