Geneva, 23 June 2014. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, has started to get ready for its second three-year run. Cool down of the vast machine has already begun in preparation for research to resume early in 2015 following a long technical stop to prepare the machine for running at almost double the energy of run 1. The last LHC magnet interconnection was closed on 18 June 2014 and one sector of 1/8 of the machine has already been cooled to operating temperature.
Geneva, 18 June 2014. CERN1 today announces the first winners of the Laboratory’s new Accelerate @ CERN programme – a one-month research award for artists2. The winners, from the fields of Visual Arts and Interactive Web Art, are drawn from the first two participating countries, Greece and Switzerland respectively.
Geneva, 6 June 2014. CERN1 today announced the winners of its first beam line for schools competition. Following almost 300 submissions from school groups around the world, two teams have been selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. The winners are the “Odysseus' Comrades” team from Varvakios Pilot School in Athens, Greece and the “Dominicuscollege” team from Dominicus College in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Geneva, 3 June 2014. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications today, the ALPHA experiment at CERN1's Antiproton Decelerator (AD) reports a measurement of the electric charge of antihydrogen atoms, finding it to be compatible with zero to eight decimal places. Although this result comes as no surprise, since hydrogen atoms are electrically neutral, it is the first time that the charge of an antiatom has been measured to high precision.
Geneva, 22 May 2014. CERN openlab1, the public-private partnership between CERN2, leading IT companies and research institutes, released today a whitepaper on future IT challenges in scientific research to shape its upcoming three-year phase starting in 2015.