A novel approach to detecting low-frequency gravitational waves in the 0.1–10 Hz band uses the entire Earth as a detector. Francesco Mulgaria and Alexander Kamenshchik of the University of Bologna, Italy, calculate that the more than […]

Scanning tables at CERN MILADY scanning tables Photographs of tracks made by high-energy charged particles passing through a bubble chamber constitute one of our most direct means to access the sub-nuclear world. No other detection technique gives such […]

• Melting Hadrons, Boiling Quarks: From Hagedorn Temperature to Ultra-Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions at CERN. With a Tribute to Rolf Hagedorn • Unifying Physics of Accelerators, Lasers and Plasmas • Books received

• Valerio Gracco 1940–2015 • Berend Kuiper 1930–2016 • David C Rahm 1927–2016 • Bruno Zotter 1932–2015

• The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research turns 60 • Federico Antinori elected as the new ALICE spokesperson • The first Guido Altarelli Award • Philippe Lebrun receives Mendelssohn Award • Five years of synchrotron light in ALBA • Globe of Science and Innovation reopens

• Planning the route for new APPEC road map • FCC Week 2016 showcases progress and challenges • A successful year for SEENET-MTP • Events calendar

Tired of poor battery life? May Le Thai and colleagues of the University of Irvine in California have good news. Nanowire capacitors made from manganese-dioxide nanowires coated with a PMMA gel electrolyte can bend to […]

“Stable beams” At the beginning of May, the LHC declared the start of a new physics season for its experiments. The “Stable Beams” visible on the LHC Page 1 screen (see image above) is the “go ahead” for […]

Some plants exude a sweet nectar when their leaves are wounded, and now we know why. Anke Steppuhn of the Free University of Berlin and collaborators studied injuries to the bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) and […]

A typical white dwarf has a helium and hydrogen outer layer covering a core of carbon and oxygen produced from burning helium. Now, S O Kepler of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto […]

The NOvA collaboration has measured the oscillation probability of muon neutrinos into electron neutrinos at the first oscillation maximum. The probability is proportional to sin2(2θ13), which has been well measured by reactor experiments. In an […]

Sleeping phases Many animals are known to sleep in some form or another. The brain activities during sleep such as slow-wave (SW) or rapid-eye movement (REM) had, however, only been seen in birds and mammals, suggesting that […]

Fig. 1. A new luminosity record at the charm-tau energy region was recently broken again by the Beijing Electron–Positron Collider (BEPCII). The new record, 1 × 1033 cm–2s–1 at 1.89 GeV beam energy, is also the design luminosity for this collider […]

In April, the MoEDAL collaboration submitted its first physics-research publication on the search for magnetic monopoles utilising a 160 kg prototype MoEDAL trapping detector exposed to 0.75 fb–1 of 8 TeV pp collisions, which was subsequently removed and […]

Astrophysics and cosmology have established that about 80% of the mass in the universe consists of dark matter. Dark matter and normal matter interact gravitationally, and they may also interact weakly, raising the possibility that […]

Eighty physicists gathered in Manchester on 6 and 7 April to discuss the future of the LHCb experiment. The LHCb collaboration is currently constructing a significant upgrade to its detector, which will be installed in 2019/2020. […]

After a short, but intense, “intermezzo” as editor of the CERN Courier, I’m stepping down as I head off to new challenges. I would like to thank the CERN Courier Advisory Board and the many […]