Laser system The international CREMA (Charge Radius Experiment with Muonic Atoms) collaboration has measured the radius of the deuteron more accurately than ever before, finding that it is significantly smaller than previously thought. The result, which was […]

• New leader for UK fusion programme
• QCD pioneer wins Prange prize
• Order of Alfonso X the Wise
• CERN tours more popular than ever
• CERN hits the festival circuit
• Vintage silicon detectors preserved
• 10,000th teacher visits CERN
• Strong interactions in Montpellier
• Extreme QCD weighs up results
• Event spotlight
• Visits

• Martin Block 1925–2016
• John Madey 1943–2016
• Roberto Petronzio 1949–2016
• Yoshio Yamaguchi 1926–2016

• Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy
• Inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider: From the Proton to the Higgs Boson
• Books received

Abell S1063 This stunning view of the distant galaxy-cluster Abell S1063 was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope as part of the Frontier Field programme. The cluster itself is seen as it was four-billion years ago […]

A novel application of radiocarbon dating suggests that the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is the longest-lived vertebrate known, boasting a lifespan of at least 272 years. Julius Nielsen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues dated […]

The ATLAS collaboration is exploiting the window of opportunity opened by the LHC’s 13 TeV run to search directly for unknown particles. Complementary to this approach, the collaboration is also looking for deviations in the cross-sections […]


 The ALICE Collaboration has measured with improved precision the production of J/ψ mesons in collisions of lead nuclei at the highest LHC energy, confirming the role of the “regeneration mechanism” in J/ψ production. J/ψ […]


The bumper data harvest at LHC Run 2 continues for the LHCb experiment. In mid-August, the collaboration celebrated the milestone of 1 fb–1 integrated luminosity collected so far during 2016, with significantly more expected to come during […]

Understanding the nature of dark matter (DM) is the focus of extensive research at collider- and astrophysics-based experiments. The most well-known signature for DM production at the LHC is the so-called “mono-X” topology, for which […]

While it is known that rod cells in the retina respond to single photons, it has remained an open question whether or not a single photon can actually be perceived by a human being, or […]

Carbon dioxide (CO2) can be used as fuel in a battery made from easily obtainable materials, offering a novel approach to sequester CO2 emissions, according to researchers at Cornell University in the US. Wajdi Al […]

Trinity An analysis of stable isotopes in bomb debris has revealed details of the 70 year-old Trinity nuclear test, offering a new diagnostic for non-proliferation and verification efforts. Susan Hanson and colleagues of Los Alamos National Laboratory […]