An international team of physicists working at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) facility at CERN* has announced the first controlled production of large numbers of antihydrogen atoms at low energies. After mixing cold clouds of trapped positrons and antiprotons - the antiparticles of the familiar electron and proton - under closely monitored conditions, the ATHENA collaboration has identified antihydrogen atoms, formed when positrons bind together with antiprotons. The results are published online today by the journal Nature1.
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Budding computer experts from around the world will this week begin their own tests of the latest software developed by the European DataGrid 1 Project. Students attending the 2002 CERN2 School of Computing in Vico Equense, Italy, will be submitting jobs that can run anywhere on the Project's current Grid, which is based at 10 computer centres throughout Europe. This is the first in a series of important tests using software from the DataGrid Project that will take place throughout the autumn and which will include connections across the Atlantic.
The map of countries affiliated to CERN1, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, may in future include Brazil. On a visit to CERN on 18 July 2002, the Brazilian Minister of State for Science and Technology, H.E. Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, expressed his country's interest in closer links to the Laboratory.
The CERN1 Council, where the representatives of the 20 Member States of the Organization decide on scientific programmes and financial resources, held its 122nd session today under the chairmanship of Professor Maurice Bourquin (CH). Following the meeting Council issued this statement.
Last year, CERN and its Council were confronted with evidence of a major funding shortfall for the completion of the LHC Project. In response, the Council asked the Director-General to propose a plan to redeploy CERN's resources. In parallel, the Council established an External Review Committee (ERC) under the chairmanship of Dr R. Aymar.
At its 122nd meeting on 21 June 2002, CERN's Council discussed both the report of the ERC and the Management's plans to redeploy 500 MCHF and CERN human resources to support the LHC Project.
Do you think physics is boring and difficult? Four hundred teachers and educational experts from 22 European countries are ready to change your mind at Physics on Stage 2 – a festival to highlight the most innovative ideas in teaching physics.
In September last year, CERN1's governing Council asked the Laboratory’s management to develop a budget and schedule for completion of its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) programme with no increase in contributions from CERN's twenty Member States.
Seven of Europe's leading Research Organizations1 launch joint outreach programme for the European Science and Technology Week at the Technopolis Museum in Brussels on 22 March. Their aim is to show Europeans how today's society couldn't be without fundamental research.
The first meeting of a new European network for research in cancer therapy will be held at CERN1, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, on 12 and 13 February 2002. ENLIGHT2 – the European Network for Research in Light Ion Therapy – aims to coordinate the development of a variety of projects at European facilities for "light ion therapy" – a form of radiation therapy that uses beams of the nuclei of lightweight atoms.
"Signatures of the Invisible", an exhibition that is the result of a close collaboration between modern contemporary artists and CERN1's particle physicists opens at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva on 7 February 2002.