The ICARUS detector CERN and Fermilab have a rich history of scientific accomplishment. Fermilab, which is currently the only US laboratory fully devoted to particle physics, tends to favour fermions: the top and bottom quarks were discovered here, […]

• John Womersley appointed director of ESS • TRIUMF welcomes new associate director • Markov prize for black-hole theory • Prizes galore for LIGO discovery • Winners of the 2016 Beamline for Schools announced • Celebration marks 40 years of SPS service • CERN openlab: supporting the LHC community for 15 years • Celebrating 40 years of supergravity • Netherlands firms exhibit products at CERN • Third European Cryogenics Days focuses on HEP • Beauty on show in the south of France • Highlights of IPAC 2016 in Korea • Swedish MAX IV light source inaugurated • Event spotlight • Visits

• Péter Hasenfratz 1946–2016 • Tom Kibble 1932–2016 • Gérard Mennessier 1943–2016 • György Vesztergombi 1943–2016 • Irene Vichou 1964–2016 • Vadim Volkov 1923–2016

• Tunnel Visions • Statistical Methods for Data Analysis in Particle Physics • Path Integrals for Pedestrians • Books received

Our most precise timepieces are atomic clocks, which exploit precise atomic transitions in the microwave and optical bands. Better clocks could come from nuclear transitions, which suffer less from external perturbations, but the only feasible […]

The CMS collaboration presented 15 new results at the fourth annual Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP) conference on 13–18 June in Lund, Sweden. The results included a mixture of searches for new physics and Standard Model […]

The decays of the B0s and B0 into muon pairs represent an important test of the Standard Model. Such decays take place through a flavour-changing neutral current process, which occurs only through loop diagrams and […]

The LHCb experiment has recently made the most precise measurement yet of the asymmetry in oscillations between the matter and antimatter versions of Bs mesons. The measurement exploits the full LHCb data set recorded during […]

In the early stages of a high-energy collision, high-pT partons can be created, before producing sprays of hadrons that are measured experimentally as jets. Not only do high-pT partons carry information about the parton scattering […]

First beam of particles CERN’s pioneering AWAKE facility, which aims to drastically reduce the scale of particle accelerators, received its first beam on 16 June. The milestone signals the next stage of commissioning for the novel experiment, which aims […]

Learning organisms Learning is not only the preserve of multicellular organisms with central nervous systems. According to a new study, much simpler organisms are also up to the task. Audrey Dusstour of Toulouse University in France and […]

Sneeze on film High-speed imaging has enabled researchers to directly observe the mechanisms of droplet formation during sneezing. The study reveals that the break up of the fluid into droplets continues to occur outside of the respiratory tract […]

The largest mathematical proof to date is 200 terabytes in length and unlikely to be checkable by any human being. Marijn Heule of the University of Texas at Austin and colleagues considered the boolean Pythagorean-triples problem, […]

Quasiparticles are common in condensed-matter physics, but now it is possible to do collider experiments with them. Fabian Langer of the University of Regensburg in Germany and colleagues used femtosecond optical pulses to create excitonic […]

Cosmic muons have been used to image large objects from nuclear reactors to pyramids, thanks to their absorption within thick layers, but until now it has not been possible to image small objects. Now, Istvan […]