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A Siberian delivery

On Friday, 14 September, a truck transporting the parts for two new components of Linac4, the linear accelerator that will replace Linac2 in a couple of years' time, arrived at CERN from Siberia. >>

Updating Europe’s strategy for particle physics

These have been an important two weeks for particle physics in Europe and at CERN. From 10-12 September, some 500 physicists went to Krakow to discuss their wishes for the future of the field as input to the CERN Council’s strategy group. >>

Interview with Agnieszka Zalewska

Yesterday, the CERN Council elected its new President to take over as of 2013. Agnieszka Zalewska is the first woman and the first Polish physicist to fill this position. >>

LHC Report: Tests of new LHC running modes

On 13 September, the LHC collided lead ions with protons for the first time. This outstanding achievement was key preparation for the planned 2013 operation in this mode. Outside of two special physics runs, the LHC has continued productive proton-proton luminosity operation. >>

Proton-ion collisions: behind the scenes of an exotic interaction

Protons to the right, ions to the left: the basic principle of proton-ion collisions at the LHC might seem straightforward. However, this is an almost unprecedented mode of collider operation, certainly unique at the energy provided by the LHC. In addition to being a remarkable technical achievement, this interaction between a proton and an ion can potentially contribute a lot to the understanding of the properties of matter in its primordial state. >>

Delving into the heart of materials

In the middle of September, the HiRadMat platform was equipped with a new test bench designed by CERN teams, which should provide a greater insight into how matter behaves when impacted by high-energy, high-intensity particle beams. >>

President of the Slovak Republic visits CERN

On 11 September 2012, the President of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič, visited CERN accompanied by the First Lady and a delegation of 67, including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Economy and the Ambassadors of the Slovak Republic to Switzerland, France and the Office of the United Nations. >>

PARTNER’s farewell

PARTNER, the Particle Training Network for European Radiotherapy, was launched in 2008 with the support of the European Commission. Its scope was to train young researchers in hadron therapy and, in doing so, aid the battle against cancer. Last week, a meeting in Pavia (Italy) celebrated the end of the project and its numerous accomplishments. >>

All change at the CERN UBS branch

UBS branches across the country are being modernised, and the CERN branch is no exception. The Bulletin brings you a preview of the project, which will get under way in January 2013. >>

CERN@school: a new app displays natural radiation data

A student from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Kent (UK) has developed an app that displays data recorded by Medipix chips. Created for Android-based devices, the app is a new way for students to visualize the natural radiation in their local area. >>

Got a call from "Microsoft"? The social way infecting your PC

Have you recently been called by “Microsoft Security”? At home!? Then beware: these are fake calls trying to make you install malicious software on your (home) PC! >>

Ombuds’ corner: Speech for the defense of leadership

“First, leadership is a process that is not specifically a function of the person in charge. Leadership is a function of individual wills and individual needs, and the result of the dynamics of collective will organized to meet those various needs. Second, leadership is a process of adaptation and of evolution; it is a process of dynamic exchange and the interchanges of value. Leadership is deviation from convention. Third, leadership is a process of energy, not structure. In this way, leadership is different from management – managers pursue stability, while leadership is all about change.”* >>

News from the Library: Digital signage: what is it?

As you might know, "digital signage" is a form of electronic display that shows information, advertising and other messages in both public and private environments. >>

Gilles Trachez (1969-2012)

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our friend and colleague Gilles Trachez. A senior technician in electro-mechanics, and at CERN since 1992, Gilles was a unique example of vibrant energy, with a broad smile and a hearty laugh even when facing utmost difficulties. >>

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