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Up to the highest peak!

In the early hours of this morning, the beam energy was ramped up to 3.5 TeV, a new world record and the highest energy for this year’s run. Now operators will prepare the machine to make high-energy collisions later this month. >>

3.5 TeV: Patience pays dividends

In my message this week, I’d like to congratulate the LHC team on accelerating two beams to 3.5 TeV in the early hours of this morning. The timing could not have been better. Coming during a week of CERN Council meetings, it allowed us to show delegates the great progress we’re making. >>

The magnificent seventh

MoEDAL is the LHC’s newly approved seventh experiment. Unlike its general-purpose partners installed along the LHC ring, MoEDAL will search for very specific exotic objects such as the highly ionizing magnetic monopoles and massive, conventionally charged, supersymmetric particles. The experiment is relatively small, cheap and quick to install but its physics potential is huge and a true complement to the already wide exploration range of the LHC experiments. >>

Switch on to the LHC!

The LHC is preparing to collide beams at 3.5 TeV for the first time ever! Be part of the event and follow live what goes on at the world’s most powerful particle accelerator by connecting to LHC1. Hereafter we give you a key to understand the display as well as a typical event display from the ATLAS and CMS experiments. >>

Another of CERN's many inventions!

CERN has often been the incubator for the development of innovative technologies but very few people know about the capacitive touch screens invented for the consoles of the SPS Control Room in 1973. The Bulletin interviewed their inventor, Bent Stumpe, who also developed the CERN tracker ball and the computer-programmable knob. >>

CERN helps with the mapping of natural disasters

The headquarters of UNOSAT, the Operational Satellite Applications Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, are in an unassuming office, not far from Restaurant 2. There, UN experts are on hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, waiting for an emergency message from anywhere on the globe and ready to respond. It was there that experts were called upon to respond to the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, using CERN computing resources to develop some of the first response maps.   >>

A day to celebrate

After several weeks of preparations and hard work on the part of many people, the events to mark International Women's Day at CERN on 8 March were a genuine success. They were followed with great interest by the outside world, judging by the flurry of activity on twitter, various blogs and the media coverage they generated. >>

Take heart!

Recently, ten new semi-automatic defibrillators were installed at various locations around CERN. This is a preventive measure intended to provide cardiac arrest victims with the best possible response. The first responder could be you! >>

Antimatter in the classroom

A brand new teaching resource has just been made available on the CERN Education website. The Antimatter Teaching Module contains eight lesson plans, together with background materials and extension topics, which are part of a wide educational project whose aim is to stimulate interest in science by introducing themes in modern physics to students aged 14-15 years, that is, earlier than is the practice in most national curricula. >>

Launch of the new CERN Admin e-guide

The CERN Admin e-guide is a new guide to the Organization's administrative procedures, which has been drawn up for the benefit of members of the personnel and the various administrative services alike and replaces the old "Administrative Procedures Manual". All the different procedures currently available on separate department sites will henceforth be accessible at a single website. >>

Meeting "real" physicists in the flesh

CERN physicists don't wear white coats (at least not very often); they don't all wear glasses and they don't concoct dangerous potions. They are often even women. These are some of the discoveries made by children from local schools taking part in the "Draw me a physicist" project. >>

The library: you can take it with you!

Access to the electronic resources to which CERN’s library holds a subscription has been restricted in the past to users with a CERN IP address. Thanks to a joint project launched by the IT Department and the Library a few weeks ago, you can now consult them from outside the site. >>

Photo Contest 2010

A photo contest is being jointly organized by the CERN Equal Opportunities team and the CERN Photo Club. >>

Pavol Földes (1986-2010)

On Saturday, 27 February our good friend and colleague Pavol Földes died in a tragic accident. He was snowboarding with some of us in Les Gets when a big avalanche took him away. >>

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