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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 18.12.2011
420 magical moments in space...
420 magical moments in space...
A new tool to calculate the orientation of a satellite with respect to the Earth, developed by EPFL students, will be on board a European Space Agency rocket scheduled to launch in March 2012.

Physics - 16.12.2011
Serbia set to become Associate Member State of CERN
Serbia set to become Associate Member State of CERN Geneva, 16 December 2011. At its 161st meeting at CERN 1 today, the CERN Council unanimously voted to admit the Republic of Serbia to Associate Membership as the pre-stage to Membership of CERN.

Physics - 15.12.2011
European particle physics plots course for the future
European particle physics plots course for the future Geneva, 15 December 2011. CERN 1 Council today announced an Open Symposium to be held on 10-13 September 2012 at Cracow, Poland for the purpose of updating the European Strategy for Particle Physics.

Physics - 13.12.2011
ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status
ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status 13 December 2011. In a seminar held at CERN 1 today, the ATLAS 2 and CMS 3 experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs.

Chemistry - Physics - 02.12.2011
Chemistry - A European Journal Volume 17, Issue 47, page 13106, 2011
Chemistry - A European Journal Volume 17, Issue 47, page 13106, 2011
Interfacial Complexation Reactions of Sr2+ with Octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoyl methylphosphine Oxide for Understanding Its Extraction in Reprocessing Spent Nuclear Fuels. Stoichiometry and complexation equilibrium constants for the extraction of strontium from spent nuclear fuels at water room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) interfaces are very important for medicinal use of radioisotopes and remediation of contaminated environments.

Physics - Career - 23.11.2011

Physics - Career - 23.11.2011

Physics - Innovation - 16.11.2011
CERN has 2020 vision for LHC upgrade
CERN has 2020 vision for LHC upgrade Geneva, 16 November 2011.

Physics - Electroengineering - 10.11.2011
3D ripples in a 2D layer.
3D ripples in a 2D layer.
Ripples and Layers in Ultrathin MoS2 Membranes. Single-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a newly emerging two-dimensional semiconductor with a potentially wide range of applications in the fields of nanoelectronics and energy harvesting.

Physics - Life Sciences - 10.11.2011
Puzzled by uranium
Puzzled by uranium
In sites scattered across the Earth, the extraction and processing of uranium for nuclear fuel and weapons has left aquifers contaminated. Immobilizing the contaminant through the action of bacteria has been considered a potential solution to limit its transport away from the contamination site. A recent article by Professor Rizlan Bernier-Latmani and collaborators, published last week in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, points to new unknowns and paints a more complex picture.

Physics - 28.09.2011
CERN sets course for extra-low-energy antiprotons
CERN sets course for extra-low-energy antiprotons Geneva, 28 September 2011. The kick-off meeting for ELENA, the Extra Low Energy Antiproton Ring, starts today at CERN 1 . Approved by CERN Council in June this year, ELENA is scheduled to deliver its first antiprotons in 2016. This week's kick-off meeting brings together scientists from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Physics - 16.09.2011
Israel to become Associate Member State of CERN
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer, Israeli Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, H.E. Mr. Aharon Leshno-Yaar and CERN Council president Michel Spiro shake hands.

Environment - Physics - 15.09.2011
Plants create a water reserve in the soil
Plants create a water reserve in the soil
Experiments performed at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) reveal that a zone of higher water concentration exists around the roots of a plant.

Physics - Materials Science - 09.09.2011
An upside-down cake throws a new light on photovoltaics
An upside-down cake throws a new light on photovoltaics
Do better with less. That is the challenge the researchers from EPFL have set for themselves. Their specialty: manufacturing solar cells that are one thousand times thinner than conventional cells.

Physics - 26.08.2011
CERN’s LHCb experiment takes precision physics to a new level
CERN's LHCb experiment takes precision physics to a new level Geneva, 26 August 2011. Results to be presented by CERN 1 's LHCb experiment at the biennial Lepton-Photon conference in Mumbai, India on Saturday 27 August are becoming the most precise yet on particles called B mesons, which provide a way to investigate matter-antimatter asymmetry.

Physics - 22.08.2011
LHC experiments present latest results at Mumbai conference
LHC experiments present latest results at Mumbai conference Geneva, 22 August 2011. Results from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, presented at the biennial Lepton-Photon conference in Mumbai, India today, show that the elusive Higgs particle, if it exists, is running out of places to hide. Proving or disproving the existence the Higgs boson, which was postulated in the 1960s as part of a mechanism that would confer mass on fundamental particles, is among the main goals of the LHC scientific programme.

Physics - 08.08.2011
Volunteer computing project LHC@home
CERN supports European Year of Volunteering through Citizen Cyberscience Centre Geneva, 8 August 2011.

Physics - 28.07.2011
CERN experiment weighs antimatter with unprecedented accuracy
CERN experiment weighs antimatter with unprecedented accuracy
CERN experiment weighs antimatter with unprecedented accuracy Geneva, 28 July 2011. the Japanese-European ASACUSA experiment at CERN 1 reported a new measurement of the antiproton's mass accurate to about one part in a billion. Precision measurements of the antiproton mass provide an important way to investigate nature's apparent preference for matter over antimatter.

Physics - 21.07.2011
LHC experiments present their latest results at Europhysics Conference on High Energy Physics
Geneva, 21 July 2011. The first of the major summer conferences for particle physics opens today in Grenoble. All of the LHC experiments will be presenting results, and a press conference is scheduled for Monday 25 July. The conference follows an extremely successful start to LHC running in 2011, and results are eagerly awaited.

Physics - 24.06.2011
CERN Council looks forward to summer conferences and new members
CERN Council looks forward to summer conferences and new members
CERN Council looks forward to summer conferences and new members Geneva, 24 June 2011.

Electroengineering - Physics - 23.06.2011
Back from Beijing prize in hand
A group of EPFL students is returning from Beijing with the third place prize from the international iCAN micro- and nanotechnology contest.

Physics - 17.06.2011
LHC achieves 2011 data milestone
LHC achieves 2011 data milestone Geneva, 17 June 2011. Today at around 10:50 CEST, the amount of data accumulated by LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS clicked over from 0.999 to 1 inverse femtobarn, signalling an important milestone in the experiments' quest for new physics.

Physics - Chemistry - 05.06.2011
CERN experiment traps antimatter atoms for 1000 seconds
CERN experiment traps antimatter atoms for 1000 seconds Geneva, 5 June 2011. In a paper published online by today, the ALPHA experiment at CERN 1 reports that it has succeeded in trapping antimatter atoms for over 16 minutes: long enough to begin to study their properties in detail. ALPHA is part of a broad programme at CERN's antiproton decelerator (AD) 2 investigating the mysteries of one of nature's most elusive substances.

Microtechnics - Physics - 25.05.2011

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 23.05.2011
LHC Experiments Present New Results at Quark Matter 2011 Conference
LHC Experiments Present New Results at Quark Matter 2011 Conference Geneva, 23 May 2011. The three LHC experiments that study lead ion collisions all presented their latest results today at the annual Quark Matter conference, held this year in Annecy, France. The results are based on analysis of data collected during the last two weeks of the 2010 LHC run, when the LHC switched from protons to lead-ions.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.05.2011
IBM and ETH Zurich open collaborative Nanotechnology Center
IBM and ETH Zurich open collaborative Nanotechnology Center
IBM and ETH Zurich to open the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center located on the campus of IBM Research - Zurich.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.05.2011
New technique improves artificial photosynthesis
New technique improves artificial photosynthesis
Transforming solar energy into a usable form is a real challenge. One technique is to use semiconductors to store the energy as hydrogen. Unfortunately, the most efficient semiconductors are not the most stable. An EPFL team has just discovered that it is possible to protect the semiconductor with a uniform layer just a few nanometers thick.

Physics - Microtechnics - 11.05.2011
New nanotechnology cleanrooms at EPFL
New nanotechnology cleanrooms at EPFL
Renovated from top to bottom, EPFL's microengineering building is now prepared to house new, highly promising experiments in microengineering and bioengineering.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 27.04.2011
The AMS detector heads for the International Space Station
Update 16 May 2011: Shuttle Endeavour launched successfully at 14:56 CEST Update 10 May 2011: Shuttle launch delayed - launch now planned 16 May 2011.

Physics - 22.04.2011
LHC sets world record beam intensity
LHC sets world record beam intensity Geneva, 22 April 2011. Around midnight this night CERN 1 ís Large Hadron Collider set a new world record for beam intensity at a hadron collider when it collided beams with a luminosity of 4.67 ◊ 10 32 cm -2 s -1 .

Physics - Electroengineering - 20.04.2011
EPFL revamps the CERN's power supply
EPFL revamps the CERN’s power supply
A new high-performance electrical system has been developed by the Industrial Electronics Laboratory at EPFL to ensure the particle accelerators of the CERN receive an energy supply that is both powerful and sufficiently stable.

Physics - 31.01.2011
CERN announces LHC to run in 2012
CERN announces LHC to run in 2012 Geneva, 31 January 2011. CERN 1 today announced that the LHC will run through to the end of 2012 with a short technical stop at the end of 2011.

Life Sciences - Physics - 18.01.2011
Understanding the nanomachines of life
Understanding the nanomachines of life
Ribosomes are the protein factories of the living cell and themselves very complex biomolecules. Now, a research group has succeeded in determining the structure of the ribosome found in yeast cells. This is the first time that the ribosome structure has been determined in a eukaryotic cell - a complex cell containing a cell nucleus.

Physics - Innovation - 01.12.2010
Breakthrough chip technology lights the path to exascale computing
IBM silicon nanophotonics uses optical signals to connect chips faster and with lower power | Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, 1 December 2010—IBM (NYSE: IBM ) scientists today unveiled a new chip technology that integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals), resulting in smaller, faster and more power-efficient chips than is possible with conventional technologies.

Physics - 26.11.2010
LHC experiments bring new insight into primordial universe
LHC experiments bring new insight into primordial universe Geneva, 26 November 2010. After less than three weeks of heavy-ion running, the three experiments studying lead ion collisions at the LHC have already brought new insight into matter as it would have existed in the very first instants of the Universeís life.

Physics - 08.11.2010
CERN completes transition to lead-ion running at the LHC
CERN completes transition to lead-ion running at the LHC Geneva, 8 November 2010. Four days is all it took for the LHC operations team at CERN 1 to complete the transition from protons to lead ions in the LHC.

Electroengineering - Physics - 27.10.2010
Increase electronic device efficiency by 10×
European Union research initiative aims to increase electronic device efficiency by 10× and eliminate power consumption of devices in standby mode Scientists will apply nanotechnology to lower

Physics - 26.10.2010
What the “hairy ball theorem? tells us about flux lines in superconductors
What the “hairy ball theorem” tells us about flux lines in superconductors
Magnetism and superconductivity do not usually get along very well – a superconductor always tries to keep an external magnetic field out of its interior. When this is not possible because the magnetic field is too strong, in Type II superconductors so called flux lies are formed – thin channels through which the magnetic field can pass through the superconductor keeping the rest of the material field free.

Physics - Electroengineering - 17.10.2010
Moving Monopoles Caught on Camera
Moving Monopoles Caught on Camera
Researchers make visible the movement of monopoles in an assembly of nanomagnets For decades, researchers have been searching for magnetic monopoles – isolated magnetic charges, which can move around freely in the same way as electrical charges – since magnetic poles normally only occur in pairs.

Physics - 06.10.2010
The ATLAS collaboration at CERN unveils giant mural
The ATLAS collaboration at CERN unveils giant mural
The ATLAS collaboration at CERN unveils giant mural Geneva, 6 October 2010.

Physics - 17.09.2010
CERN Council approves the Laboratory’s Medium Term Plan
CERN Council approves the Laboratory's Medium Term Plan Geneva, 17 September 2010. During an intense series of meetings, which concludes today, the CERN 1 Council overwhelmingly approved the laboratory's revised Medium Term Plan for the period 2011 to 2015.

Physics - Health - 16.09.2010
Be a researcher for an evening on European researchers’ night, Friday 24 September
Be a researcher for an evening on European researchers' night, Friday 24 September Geneva, 16 September 2010.

Physics - Chemistry - 24.08.2010
A possible new career for a vital biomolecule
A possible new career for a vital biomolecule
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute and the University of Basel deliberately alter the properties of a porphyrin molecule, with many possible technological applications As a component of the haemoglobin molecule, porphyrin enables the transport of oxygen within the human body. However, in a slightly altered form, it may find also various applications in technical devices.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 18.08.2010
AMS experiment takes off for Kennedy Space Center
AMS experiment takes off for Kennedy Space Center Geneva, 18 August 2010 . The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, leaves CERN 1 next Tuesday on the next leg of its journey to the International Space Station. The AMS detector 2 is being transported from CERN to Geneva International Airport in preparation for its planned departure from Switzerland on 26 August, when it will be flown to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on board a US Air Force Galaxy transport aircraft.

Materials Science - Physics - 04.08.2010
Researchers Find Universal Law For Material Evolution
Researchers Find Universal Law For Material Evolution
Many important materials are composed of several phases – regions that differ in structure or chemical composition. When such a material is heated, atoms move from one phase to another, which changes the distribution of the phases – and thus, the properties of the material.

Chemistry - Physics - 02.08.2010
IBM and University of Aberdeen collaborate to identify molecules from the deep sea
For the first time, atomic force microscopy helps scientists reveal the exact chemical structure of a natural compound Aberdeen, Scotland and Zurich, Switzerland, August 2, 2010—In a pioneering research project, for the first time, scientists at IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the University of Aberdeen have collaborated to “see? the structure of a marine compound from the deepest place on the Earth using an atomic force microscope (AFM).