Picture of the month This colourful view of Mercury was produced by assembling thousands of images of its surface taken by NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft, which has been in orbit round the planet […]

Mirabelle is ready to move Mirabelle, the large hydrogen bubble chamber built by the Elementary Particle Physics Department of the CEA, the French Atomic Energy Commission, is being dismantled for removal to Serpukhov’s 76 GeV accelerator, […]

• Reviews of Accelerator Science and Technology: Volume 4 – Accelerator Applications in Industry and the Environment • Group Theory for High-Energy Physicists • A Unified Grand Tour of Theoretical Physics, Third Edition • Strings, Gauge Fields, and the Geometry Behind the Legacy of Maximilian Kreuzer • Introduction to Mathematical Physics: Methods and Concepts, Second Edition • Gauge Theories of Gravitation: A Reader with Commentaries

The ORTEC Products Group of AMETEK Advanced Measurement Technology has introduced the LDM-1, an integrated gamma-ray spectrometer for fixed and mobile counting-room applications. The self-contained Laboratory Detector Module (LDM-1) builds on technologies developed for the […]

• 19th joint Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference • 14th International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems

In memory of Gordon Fraser I was saddened to learn that Gordon Fraser, long-time editor of CERN Courier, had died earlier this year ( CERN Courier March 2013 p36 ). I will remember Gordon first and foremost as my editor […]

• Aldo Menzione 1943–2012 • Ger van Middelkoop 1937–2013 • David Olive 1937–2012 • • Hamlet Vartapetyan 1927–2013 • Arthur Wightman 1922–2013 • Obituary note: Peter Sharp 1937–2011

• Karlsruhe honours Cronin, Jenni and Della Negra • UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon visits CERN • Kolkata pays tribute to the memory of Bose • Brookhaven physicists win IEEE awards for innovation • ALICE matters around the world

While it is known that pharmaceuticals enter aquatic ecosystems as pollution, little has been known about their effects on wildlife. Now, there is some disturbing news from studies of fish. Tomas Brodin and colleagues at […]

While stereo sensing for sound and light is common, there has been no clear evidence of an olfactory analogue. Now, Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University has made studies of the blind eastern American (or common) […]

Vortex knots Rings in fluids, such as smoke rings, are easy to form by pushing the fluid quickly through an orifice. But what about knotted rings? Such knots are expected theoretically in many branches of physics and […]

The ATLAS collaboration achieved a milestone in February when it applied the finishing touches to the measurement of the luminosity for proton–proton (pp) data recorded in 2011 at 7 TeV in the centre of mass. With […]

The TOTEM collaboration has published the first luminosity-independent measurement of the total proton–proton cross-section at a centre-of-mass energy of 7 TeV. This is based on the experiment’s simultaneous studies of both inelastic and elastic scattering in […]

Using two independent analyses, the LHCb collaboration has updated its measurement of ΔACP, the difference in CP violation in the decays D0→K+K– and D0→π+π–. This helps to cast light on the whether – and to […]

On the same day that the LHC’s first three-year physics run ended, CERN announced that its data centre had recorded more than 100 petabytes (PB) – 100 million gigabytes – of physics data. Amassed over the past […]