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CERN’s ISOLTRAP reveals new magic in the atomic nucleus

Geneva, 19 June 2013. The ISOLTRAP collaboration1 has measured the mass of exotic calcium nuclei using a new instrument installed at the ISOLDE facility at CERN2. The measurements, published on 20 June in the journal Nature, clearly establish a new “magic number” related to the stability of this exotic species. The results cast light on how nuclei can be described in terms of the fundamental strong force.

CERN and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics inaugurate CERN data centre’s extension in Budapest, Hungary

Geneva 13 June 2013. CERN1 and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics2 today inaugurated the Hungarian data centre in Budapest, marking the completion of the facility hosting the extension for CERN computing resources. About 500 servers, 20,000 computing cores, and 5.5 Petabytes of storage are already operational at the site. The dedicated and redundant 100 Gbit/s circuits connecting the two sites are functional since February 2013 and are among the first transnational links at this distance.

CERN and Ars Electronica launch open call for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN

Geneva/Linz, 3 June 2013. CERN1 and Ars Electronica2 today launch an open call for artists working in the digital domain to apply for the third Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN3. The winner will receive a fully funded residency at CERN and Ars Electronica to create new dimensions in their artistic practice by encounters with the world of science. This is the third year of the collaboration between CERN and Ars Electronica.

Physicists at CERN measure a fundamental property of the rarest element on Earth

An international team of physicists at the radioactive-beam facility ISOLDE at CERN1 have for the first time measured the ionization potential of the rare radioactive element astatine2.

The value for astatine, published today in the journal Nature Communications, could help chemists to develop applications for the element in radiotherapy, and will serve as a benchmark for theories that predict the structure of super-heavy elements.

CERN inaugurates a scientific tourist trail, the Passport to the Big Bang

On 2 June 2013 CERN1, in collaboration with its local partners, will be inaugurating a scientific tourist trail through the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva known as the Passport to the Big Bang. A major programme of activities has been organised for the general public at various CERN sites, including special events and bike rides.

ALPHA experimenters present novel investigation of the effect of gravity on antimatter

Geneva, 30 April 2013. The ALPHA collaboration at CERN1 has published a paper in Nature Communications describing the first direct analysis of how antimatter is affected by gravity.

ALPHA was the first experiment to trap atoms of antihydrogen — neutral antimatter atoms held in place with a strong magnetic field for up to 1000 seconds. The original goal of the experiment was not to study gravity, but the researchers realised that the data they had already collected might be sensitive to gravitational effects.

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