Geneva, 26 May 2016. In two papers1,2 published today in the journal Nature, new results from the CLOUD3 experiment at CERN4 imply the baseline pristine pre-industrial climate may have been cloudier than presently thought. CLOUD shows that organic vapours emitted by trees produce abundant aerosol particles in the atmosphere in the absence of sulphuric acid. Previously it was thought that sulphuric acid – which largely arises from fossil fuels – was essential to initiate aerosol particle formation.
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Geneva, 9 May 2016. CERN1's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its experiments are back in action, now taking physics data for 2016 that will give us an improved understanding of fundamental physics.
On 25 March, the most powerful collider in the world was switched back on after its annual winter break. The accelerator complex and experiments have been fine-tuned using low-intensity beams and pilot proton collisions, and now the LHC and the experiments are ready to take an abundance of data.
Geneva, 4 April 2016.
Last Friday, the Republic of Cyprus became an Associate Member State of CERN in pre-stage to Membership. This follows notification that the Republic of Cyprus has ratified the agreement, signed in October 2012, granting that status to the country.
As first reported by Physics World, CERN had to deal with defaced posters of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group. CERN considers that these acts are unacceptable. They were strongly and publicly condemned.
Homophobic behaviour at CERN is not tolerated. Disciplinary actions against people identified to have such behaviour have been taken and will be taken again as needed.