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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 ...

Collide – a cultural revolution

Collide – a cultural revolution

Would you employ me to run the LHC? Or perhaps to run an experiment at CERN with antimatter? After all, I have an abiding interest in physics – ever since an inspiring science teacher sparked my...

CERN – the knowledge hub

CERN – the knowledge hub

If you ask 10 people working at CERN how they would describe what CERN is in a single sentence, the chances are that you will get 10 different answers. Most people think of CERN, first and f...

Profiting from the long view

Profiting from the long view

We can measure and analyse accumulated superconducting RF (SRF) operating experience in broad, high-level terms using the “cryomodule century”, or CC. Ten cryomodules operating for a decad...

Big Science, bigger outreach

Big Science, bigger outreach

In 1609 Galileo Galilei made the first recorded telescope observations of the night sky – an event that is being celebrated all through 2009 in the International Year of Astronomy. He soon ran i...

The age of citizen cyberscience

The age of citizen cyberscience

I first met Rytis Slatkevicius in 2006, when he was 18. At the time, he had assembled the world’s largest database of prime numbers. He had done this by harnessing the spare processing power of ...

SRF technology comes full circle

SRF technology comes full circle

Nearly a half-century ago, researchers at Stanford University began investigating superconducting RF (SRF) acceleration. They would not have been surprised to learn that by 1994, SRF had come int...

Will the LHC surprise us?

Will the LHC surprise us?

Will the LHC surprise us? I hope so. Having failed to find any completely unexpected new physics for more than 30 years, we clearly need nature’s help to progress, and the case is good. The...

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