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HiRadMat: materials under scrutiny

CERN's new facility, HiRadMat (High Radiation to Materials), which is designed to test materials for the world's future particle accelerators, should be operational and welcoming its first experiments by the end of the year. >>

One small step for a tram…

It’s now just over a month since the No-18 tram arrived at CERN, and it has already changed the face of the Laboratory. We will soon be able to enjoy a period free of road works in front of the Meyrin site, but it’s unlikely to last long, since the tram line is set to be extended across the border into France within the next few years. >>

LHC experiences close encounters with UFOs

On 29 May, yet another record was set as 1092 bunches per beam were injected into the LHC, hitting a peak luminosity of 1.26x1033 cm-2 s-1. While running at 3.5 TeV each beam now packs a total energy of over 70 MJ – equivalent to a TGV travelling at a 70 kph. >>

Happy World IPv6 Day!

Almost 20 years after Tim Berners-Lee posted a summary of his World Wide Web project on the newsgroup, there are more than two billion users worldwide, and billions more web pages. It has transformed the way we socialize, conduct business, and even changed the way we do science. But unfortunately, the number of available Internet addresses has not grown at the same place to accommodate these changes. >>

Comic book tells the tale of Dark Matter

The sciences star in few comic books. On occasion, the comic narrative may feature a villain using science for his nefarious deeds. Or perhaps the hero will have a wild-haired scientific genius for his sidekick. But you wouldn’t expect to read a comic about science news, and you certainly wouldn’t expect that news to be about particle physics. That is, unless you’ve read True Tales. >>

Mobile Web: the democratisation of an essential tool

For many of us, using the Web is a natural and even indispensable part of our daily lives. But only 20% of the world’s population have access to it. Tim Berners-Lee, the Web's inventor, created the Web Foundation in 2007 with the aim of accelerating access to the Web for the rest of the world's population. Showcased at the Sharing Knowledge conference, the Mobile Web is one of the Web Foundation’s projects in which members of CERN are involved. >>

Robert Aymar awarded the Légion d’honneur


The Tour du Canton defeats the rainy weather

On 8 June, over 2200 runners set off from the Route Marie Curie, outside Restaurant No. 1, in the third leg of the 2011 Tour de Canton race. CERN's mixed team held onto the first place in the inter-enterprise competition. >>

The AD: The unique anti-accelerator

Unlike other machines whose performance is measured in terms of energy records, AD's uniqueness resides in the fact that it can very effectively decelerate beams. >>

What do passwords and toothbrushes have in common?

Your password is your entry token into the digital world. eBay, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, FNAL, DESY, and CERN - all ask you for a password to authenticate and prove that you are you. And vice versa. If I know your password, I can impersonate you and use your money to buy from eBay or Amazon, post nasty messages on your Twitter or Facebook profile, or misuse CERN's/DESY's/FNAL's computing facilities in your name! >>

Ombuds’ corner: Controlling our own stress

In this series, the Bulletin aims to explain the role of the Ombuds at CERN by presenting practical examples of misunderstandings that could have been resolved by the Ombuds if he had been contacted earlier. Please note that, in all the situations we present, the names are fictitious and used only to improve clarity. >>

News from the Library: Focus on AIP conference proceedings

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) publishes conference proceedings covering a broad range of subjects, such as nuclear and particle physics, materials science, astronomy and astrophysics and many more. Today, this series includes some 1,300 volumes, starting with Volume 1 (1970), and dozens of new volumes are added each year. >>

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