We all think that electric charge is conserved, but physics is an experimental subject, so it’s always good to check. The Borexino collaboration has now used a liquid scintillation detector to search for the decay […]

Telling the mole in the hole where to go Mole installation February 19 was the second anniversary of the authorisation of construction of the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). It was celebrated by the start of tunnel boring […]

• Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (2nd edition) • Advances of Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields • Nuclear Reactions: An Introduction • Books received

• Carlo Rubbia awarded China’s highest scientific prize • New director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • New leadership structure accelerates TRIUMF • Aleksandr Skrinsky celebrates his 80th birthday • JINR celebrates 90th birthday of academician Alexander Baldin • CERN exhibition reopens to the public • CERN signs agreements with Lebanon, Palestine, the US, ESO and IRENA • Visits

• Any hints for new physics? • Annual meeting takes the pulse of EuroCirCol • DS@LHC2015: bringing together the HEP and machine-learning communities • Magnet-technology conference features techniques for the FCC • Events calendar

Ceres crater This impressive crater is located on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. With a diameter of 950 km, Ceres has been considered, since 2006, a “dwarf planet”, as Pluto. And, […]

Chameleons are able to lash out with their sticky tongues that extend more than twice their body lengths, and achieve incredible accelerations of 25490 m/s2 or 264 g, corresponding to peak power outputs of more than […]

Tests of local realism based on Bell’s inequality have, up to now, always had a small loophole, but that has now been closed. Lynden K Shalm of NIST in Boulder, Colorado, US, and colleagues looked at […]

Hydrogen and deuterium are, chemically, quite similar, but without their electrons, a proton is less than half the radius of a deuteron. M Lozada Hidalgo and colleagues of the University of Manchester in the UK used […]

Early life was unicellular, and we now know that it took just one random but crucial mutation, 600 million years ago, which changed the function of one key protein, to make multicellular life possible. In multicellular […]

Four new elements have been discovered, completing the seventh row of the periodic table. The RIKEN collaboration in Japan takes the credit for element 113 (ununtrium, Uut), and they will be invited to propose a […]

Synthetic diamond A novel, new form of carbon, dubbed “Q-carbon”, is harder than diamond. The new phase, discovered by Jagdish Narayan and Anagh Bhaumik of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, US, results from the rapid quenching […]

High-energy scattering of partons (quarks and gluons) produces collimated cones of particles called jets, the production rate of which can be calculated using perturbative QCD techniques. In heavy-ion collisions, partons lose energy in the hot, […]

The LHC Run 1, famed for its discovery of the Higgs boson, came to a conclusion on Valentine’s Day (14 February) 2013. The little-known fact is that the last three days of the run were reserved neither […]

As the LHC delivered proton–proton collisions at the record energy of 13 TeV during the summer and autumn of last year, the experiments were eagerly scrutinising the new data. They were on alert for the signatures […]