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Now calling at the International Space Station

On 31 July, an unmanned Russian Progress spacecraft was launched from the desert steppe of Kazakhstan. Its destination: the International Space Station (ISS). On board: five Timepix detectors developed by the Medipix2 Collaboration. >>

Celebrating a very scientific Endeavour

Last week, we had the pleasure of a visit from the crew of shuttle mission STS-134, the last voyage of the space shuttle Endeavour, which delivered the AMS detector to the International Space Station in May 2011. It was an occasion to thank the astronauts for a job well done, and reflect on the complementarity of space-based particle physics and the research programme on, and under, the ground. >>

LHC Report: Summertime and the living is ZZ (and WW etc.)

The LHC had a rocky recovery from the extended luminosity calibration runs, and on Saturday 21 July a number of fills were lost due to beam instabilities. The situation was stabilised by temporarily backing off increasing bunch intensity and, in fact, the next 24 hours saw a record delivery of around 260 pb-1 to each of the ATLAS and CMS experiments. >>

1912 – 2012: a century of studying cosmic rays

One year ago, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was docked to the International Space Station. This state-of-the-art tool for studying cosmic rays has revolutionised methods of detecting cosmic radiation, which was discovered barely a century ago. >>

Where are we with the Dark Matter search?

By observing the movement and the distribution of stars and galaxies, we learn that about 24% of the Universe is made of Dark Matter – an unknown type of matter whose origin is one of the main mysteries still kept by Nature. The world’s scientists are testing experimental methods to identify the particles of this elusive matter. How long will it stay in the “dark”? How can the LHC experiments participate in the race for discovery? >>

Bringing physics training to Africa

Forty-nine students from 15 African countries plus one student from Iran are currently attending the African School of Physics (ASP) 2012. The school, which is in its second year, is a unique opportunity for young African students to receive training in cutting-edge physics research. Listen to their voices… >>

Over one million followers reached in CERN TweetUp

More than a million followers were reached on Twitter during CERN’s first ever “TweetUp”. On 25 July, 5 lucky Twitter followers, or "Tweeps" as they are known, visited CERN to take part in events held on the same day with the STS-134 astronauts. The Tweetup gave the online community a chance to ask questions and explore areas of CERN through the eyes of the tweeps, prompting over 1,000 tweets and re-tweets between them in 24 hours. >>

CERN’s attentive ear: the first 18 months

In November 2010 the CERN Medical Service announced that it was opening a psychology service. So what's the verdict after 18 months? The statistics for the first year of operation illustrate a positive balance sheet. >>

Rubik’s cube, an original subject for a remarkable project

Thanks to a Rubik's cube, young French students Florentin Delaine, Joseph Gennetay and Jason Loyau won a week-long visit to CERN at the European Union’s 2011 contest for young scientists (EUCYS). They spent 17 to 24 July exploring the Laboratory. >>

French Prime Minister tours CERN

On 30 July, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Prime Minister of the French Republic, and Geneviève Fioraso, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, visited the Laboratory. >>

A glamorous interlude at CERN

Another day, another celebrity-spotting at CERN! The latest: American singer Belinda Carlisle. >>

Restaurant 1: dance theatre for a day

On Tuesday 31 July, CERN’s Restaurant 1 transformed into a dance studio for the duration of a public rehearsal. The performers from the dance troupe of Geneva choreographer Gilles Jobin, CERN’s current artist in residence, presented their 2011 creation, Spider Galaxies. The result: a voyage of bodies suspended between art and science. >>

Highlights from e-EPS: Cosmic Day / FEL for SuperB / Assessment Assessed

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

Software licenses: Stay honest!

Do you recall our article about copyright violation in the last issue of the CERN Bulletin, “Music, videos and the risk for CERN”? Now let’s be more precise. “Violating copyright” not only means the illegal download of music and videos, it also applies to software packages and applications. >>

News from the Library: The 8th edition Karlsruhe nuclide chart has been released

The 8th edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart contains new data not found in the 7th edition. >>

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