The Romanian seat Romania has become the 22nd Member State of CERN, having acceded to the Organization’s founding convention, which is deposited with UNESCO, on 17 July. The accession crowns a period of co-operation that stretches back 25 years. “This […]

superimposed on their mirror image, are a key feature of biological life on Earth and have already been detected in other solar-system objects. Now, for the first time, a chiral molecule has been detected in […]

Batoid fishes, which include stingrays, have served as inspiration for a bizarre robot that is a hybrid of machines and living cells. Kevin Kit Parker of Harvard University and colleagues put living muscle cells from […]

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies aim to reduce harmful carbon-dioxide emissions by diverting them underground, rather than into the atmosphere. Now, for the first time, Juerg Matter of the University of Southampton in the […]

The Orion Nebula This spectacular infrared image of the Orion Nebula is the deepest view ever of this archetypical star-forming region. The famous Orion Nebula spans about 24 light-years within the constellation of Orion, and is visible from […]

• New chair of Brookhaven physics department • Jefferson Lab director wins Glazebrook Medal • Non-locality bags Dirac Medal • Daresbury physicist wins Rutherford Medal • APS recognises nucleon structure • Artist wins CERN residency • Milan exhibition opens its doors • Next ATLAS spokesperson selected • SUSY reports from down under • X-ray focus for CERN Accelerator School • EuroScience Open Forum discusses science on a European scale • CERN and Turkey transfer knowledge • Event spotlight • HEPTech takes research out of the lab • Visits

• Helen Edwards 1936–2016 • Stephen Gasiorowicz 1928–2016 • Victor Alexandrovich Karnaukhov 1930–2016 • Pablo Rodríguez Pérez 1976–2016 • Nikolai Maksimovich Shumeiko 1942–2016 • Guido Vegni 1931–2016

• Experimental Studies of Neutrino Oscillations • Neutrino Oscillations: A Practical Guide to Basics and Applications • PWA90: A Lifetime Of Emergence • Books received

A mummified partial wing Plumage in the Cretaceous period, which holds important evolutionary clues, is notoriously difficult to study due to the poor preservation of details in compression fossils. Fortunately, however, two ancient bird wings trapped in Burmese amber […]

Mathematics on the brain Mathematics is often dubbed the language of science, but does mathematical aptitude itself have anything to do with language? To investigate, Marie Amalric and Stanislas Dehaene of the Université of Paris-Sud and Université Paris-Saclay, France, […]

The 38th International Conference on High-Energy Physics (ICHEP 2016) took place on 3–10 August in Chicago, US. Among numerous results presented, the LHC experiments released their latest analyses of 13 TeV proton–proton collision data recorded in 2016. Based […]

LUX results The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment located at Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota, US, has released its latest results in the search for dark matter. Following the completion of its final 20 month-long […]

The LHCb collaboration has reported the observation of three new exotic hadrons and confirmed the existence of a fourth by analysing the full data sample from LHC Run 1. Although the theoretical interpretation of the new […]

Precise measurements of final states containing multiple electroweak bosons (W, Z or γ) offer a powerful probe of the gauge structure of the Standard Model (SM), and are therefore a promising avenue to search for […]

In a collision between two nuclei that exhibits a large impact parameter, the initial spatial anisotropy of the overlap region was conjectured to be smooth and almond shaped. In the past few years, however, experimental […]

The European Union project AIDA-2020 (Advanced European Infrastructure for Detectors and Accelerators), in which CERN is a partner, has launched a proof-of-concept fund for breakthrough projects in the field of detector development and testing. The […]

Preparing for first users SESAME, the pioneering synchrotron facility for the Middle East and neighbouring countries, located in Jordan, has announced its first call for proposals for experiments. A third-generation light source with a broad research capacity, SESAME’s first […]

CERN: a source of European spirit Auger, Bohr If we look at mid-1945 Europe, a continent broken up as it emerged from World War II, in the minds of political leaders and diplomats the restoration of Europe’s place […]