It has long been speculated that a comet strike caused a sudden drop in the Earth’s temperature during a period called the Younger Dryas. Now, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found support for […]

The international FAIR facility is under construction, promising intense ion and antiproton beams for experiments in diverse fields.

Introduction Superconducting magnets create very high magnetic fields for research projects in nuclear fusion as well as for accelerator systems. To establish such magnetic fields huge electrical currents are required. These currents are in the […]

• EPS awards prizes for high-energy physics • High recognition for CERN Director-General • Two schools win beam time at CERN • 2017 GÉANT Community Awards • SESAME celebrates opening • UK hosts third HL-LHC industry day • Accelerator experts meet in Copenhagen • LHC physics shines in Shanghai • Exploring axions and WIMPs in Greece • Berlin meeting weighs up post-LHC machine • Visits

• Cécile DeWitt-Morette 1922–2017 • Charles Gruhn 1935–2017 • Gerhard Lutz 1939–2017

• Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics • Raw Data: A Novel on Life in Science • Books received

According to neurobiologist John McGann of Rutgers University in the US, poor human olfaction is a 19th century myth. The idea that humans have a relatively poor sense of smell, he argues, did not come from […]

Harmful chloroflurocarbons (CFCs) in refrigeration devices could be replaced with solid refrigerants that are more efficient and environmentally benign. Pedro Jorge von Ranke of the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro has shown that […]

The LISA detector (ESA) gave the official go-ahead for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), which will comprise a trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves in space. LISA is the third mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision plan, […]

PIMS and FINEMET cavities CERN has recently implemented two important steps towards the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) – an upgrade that will increase the intensity of the LHC’s collisions significantly from the early 2020s. Preparing CERN’s existing accelerator complex […]

ICARUS and Baby MIND On 12 June, two large detector modules for the ICARUS experiment were loaded onto trucks at CERN to begin a six-week journey to Fermilab in the US. ICARUS will form part of Fermilab’s short-baseline neutrino […]

The detection in 1919 of starlight that had been deflected by the Sun was one of the first convincing proofs of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Now, Kailash Sahu of the Space Telescope Science Institute […]