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An important day for science

An important day for science

On 4 July 2012, particle physics was headline news around the world thanks to a scientific success story that began over 60 years ago. It was a great day for science and a great day for huma...

From ionization of air to beyond the LHC

From ionization of air to beyond the LHC

In August, some 100 physicists will gather at Bad Saarow in Germany to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of cosmic rays by the Austrian scientist, Victor Hess. The meeting place is close t...

It’s good to blog

It’s good to blog

It all started a year ago over dinner with a good bottle of wine in front of us. Steve Gourlay of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stuart Henderson of Fermilab and myself talked about the future...

Authors and supporters

Authors and supporters

The first “high-energy” accelerators were constructed more than 80 years ago. No doubt they represented technological challenges and major achievements even though, seen from a 2012 p...

Towards a more confident future

Towards a more confident future

Gloom and despondency about the economic climate fill the newspapers to saturation point. The eurozone is, once again, destined to fragment and disappear – there is a depressingly strong sensati...

Trends in isotope discovery

Trends in isotope discovery

It all started innocently enough with a review article I wrote in 2004 about the nuclear driplines, which described the exploration of the most neutron- and proton-rich isotopes (Thoennessen 2004). Th...

From the Tevatron to Project X

From the Tevatron to Project X

The end of September marks the end of an era at Fermilab, with the shut down of the Tevatron after 28 years of operation at the frontiers of particle physics (CERN Courier March 2011 p5). The Tev...

CERN and the EPS: a joint endeavour

CERN and the EPS: a joint endeavour

The European Physical Society (EPS) was founded at CERN in 1968. Today it represents more than 100,000 physicists through its 41 national member societies and it provides a scientific forum ...

Optimizing potential

Optimizing potential

At the end of January, a small fraction of CERN decamped to Chamonix along with experts from around the world – not to ski but to work out the plans for the coming year’s LHC run. It is a ...

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