In late August, a beam of electrons successfully circulated for the first time through a new particle accelerator at Fermilab in the US. The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA), a 40 m-circumference storage ring, is one […]

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The world’s largest liquid-argon neutrino detector has recorded its first particle tracks in tests at CERN, marking an important step towards the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) under preparation in the US. The enormous […]

Bassler to be next president of CERN Council • Zanderighi joins Max Planck Institute for Physics as director • Martínez García to lead SUBATECH laboratory • Bell Burnell to donate $3m Breakthrough Prize • Prange award goes to Juan Maldacena • Global Neutrino Network dissertation prize announced • Architecture prize for former artists in residence • New entrance welcomes the world to CERN • Particle physics meets astrophysics and gravity • ROOT’s renovation takes centre stage at Sarajevo meeting

Although the quark model of hadrons is highly successful in describing how the quarks combine to form baryons and mesons, the internal mechanisms governing the dynamics of the strong force that binds quarks inside those […]

General relativity predicts very accurately how objects fall from a table and how planets move within the solar system. At larger scales, however, some issues arise. The most glaring is the theory’s prediction of the […]

In the summer of 1968, while a visitor in CERN’s theory division, Gabriele Veneziano wrote a paper titled “Construction of a crossing-symmetric, Regge behaved amplitude for linearly-rising trajectories”. He was trying to explain the strong interaction, but his paper wound up marking the beginning of string theory.

A recently developed detector based on inexpensive plastic scintillators paves the way for whole-body PET imaging and precision measurements of fundamental symmetries.