# Culture and history

### Electron–positron pioneer

In 1960 Bruno Touschek gave a talk on electron-positron collisions that would change the face of physics. Last November, 20 years after his death, physicists gathered to celebrate Touschek's work.

Read article 'Synchrocyclotron survivor to bow out after 50 years'

### Synchrocyclotron survivor to bow out after 50 years

After 15 years in physics, Harvard University's 160 MeV machine was converted into a cancer therapy centre. Having treated over 7500 patients in the ensuing 34 years, it is being phased out after tw...

Read article 'SLC perched on a high'

### SLC perched on a high

The Stanford Linear Collider has generated its last Z particle ­ unless the US government provides more money. But it crowned its act with a flourish.

Read article 'A hundred years ago…'

### A hundred years ago…

In 1895, a chance discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen changed the face of science. It was the dawn of a new branch of physics ­the investigation of subatomic phenomena. Following the centenar...