In 1979, Cornell University switched on the Cornell Electron Storage Ring, ushering in more than two decades of pre-eminence in the physics of b quarks. With the b-quark
crown now passing to the B-meson factories at California’s Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and Japan’s KEK laboratory, Cornell is plotting a new course for
its flagship facility.

A group of young US physicists recently conducted a survey to find out where
high-energy physics is heading. The results reveal that growing internationalization
makes physicists at isolated centres aim for hands-on access to research elsewhere.
The survey also showed a need for more outreach to stimulate and maintain public
interest, together with a lamentable lack of job opportunities.

Physics provides a stage for international collaboration. At the opening of a recent
exhibition at the Russian Duma, presented by CERN and the Joint Institute for
Nuclear Research, CERN adviser for non-member state affairs, John Ellis,
explained how.

The Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Elisabetta Durante
Romano looks at the origins of the institute, its subsequent development and its role in today’s major
collaborations.

Canada’s IPP gets new director Richard Keeler has been appointed for a five-year term as director of the Institute of Particle Physics of Canada (IPP) after ending his term as chairman of the subatomic grant […]

Cosmic Rays at Earth by Peter K F Grieder, Elsevier Science, ISBN 0444507108, 190.59 euros/$207. This book is a remarkable collection of graphs, tables, data and relevant discussions about cosmic-ray physics. As the subtitle, Researcher’s […]