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New links between Ecuador and CERN

A new protocol recently signed in Quito opens the way to stronger links between the Ecuadorian scientific community and CERN. The operational framework provided by the protocol will enable scientists from Ecuador to take part in CERN’s projects, supported by the Ecuadorian authorities. >>

Are we there yet?

Two sets of exciting results have emerged from CERN this week, illustrating the breadth of our research programmes, as well as the need to keep our eyes firmly on the road ahead. When new results emerge, it is almost irresistibly tempting to over-interpret what they seem to be telling us, but it’s at times like these that we need to remain circumspect, and not read more into the data than is really there. >>

LHC Report: Good fills but also some technical glitches

During the recent summer weeks the LHC continued running with 1380 bunches, gently pushing up the peak luminosity by reducing the beam sizes and increasing the bunch intensities. This smooth operation was temporarily interrupted by some cryogenics problems and some disturbances to the electrical network. >>

Building a new core website for CERN

The web was born at CERN, but as early adopters, our own web presence now needs some love. With a new era of discovery ahead of us, the Communication Group is embarking on a project to develop a new core website for CERN that will make it easier and more enjoyable to access information in a timely way. The Bulletin catches up with Dan Noyes, who is leading this project, to learn more. >>

LHCb is trying to crack the Standard Model

LHCb will reveal new results tomorrow that will shed more light on the possible CP-violation measurement reported recently by the Tevatron experiments, different from Standard Model predictions. Quantum Diaries blogger for CERN, Pauline Gagnon, explains how. >>

EPLANET: the Europe-Latin America alliance for physics research and education

Twenty-nine partner institutions participate in EPLANET – the EU-funded project aimed at strengthening the links between the physics communities in Europe and Latin America. The project will help the Latin-American scientific community to reach and consolidate the critical scientific mass, and profit from the educational, technological and industrial impact of high-energy physics. >>

CERN at Arles: LHC featured in prestigious photography festival

Six photographs of the LHC experiment are being featured in this year’s Rencontres d’Arles photography festival. Simon Norfolk’s series, The LHC: the spirit of enquiry, was chosen as part of an exhibition celebrating 30 years of photography at the New York Times Magazine. >>

SubClones (Alan Parsons) visit CERN – and the subatomic world

While the LHC has been creating subatomic particles, Alan Parsons has re-entered the studio with his new project, SubClones. The three-piece electronic rock group has joined the legendary Alan Parsons Live Project on tour, and their common friend Patrick Geeraert gave them the chance to drop into CERN for a visit. >>

CAST reaches milestone but keeps on searching

After eight years of searching for the emission of a dark matter candidate particle, the axion, from the Sun, the CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) has fulfilled its original physics programme. >>

e-EPS News: Light for Development

e-EPS News is a monthly addition to the CERN Bulletin line-up, showcasing articles by the e-EPS – the European Physical Society newsletter – as part of a collaboration between the two publications. >>

Do you write secure code?

At CERN, we are excellent at producing software, such as complex analysis jobs, sophisticated control programs, extensive monitoring tools, interactive web applications, etc. This software is usually highly functional, and fulfils the needs and requirements as defined by its author. However, due to time constraints or unintentional ignorance, security aspects are often neglected. Subsequently, it was even more embarrassing for the author to find out that his code flawed and was used to break into CERN computers, web pages or to steal data… >>

Ombuds’ corner: stuck between a rock and a hard place? Try an open discussion!

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. >>

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