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VIRGO and LIGO together, in quest of gravitational waves

By Federico Ferrini. Published on 08 August 2017 in:
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Cascina, 4 August 2017 – On Tuesday August 1st at 10 UCT the LIGO and VIRGO interferometers officially started taking data jointly.

Two perspectives justify the interest of international physics community on this date, the first concerns the conclusion of the construction and the start of operations of the European detector VIRGO, the second is the beginning of the systematic exploration of the Universe with the global network of new generation interferometers.

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2017 EPS Solar Physics Division Prizes

By Manolis Georgoulis. Published on 08 August 2017 in:
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In a consultation process kicked off  in 2015, the ESPD / EPS decided in 2016 to implement three Division Prizes, foreseen by its statutes and bylaws since its establishment in 2008: a Senior Prize, presented to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship, an Early Career Prize, presented to a solar scientist with an outstanding research track record up to four years after the completion of his / her PhD Thesis and a PhD Thesis Prize, presented to a young researcher who achieved significant doctoral work and a successful PhD Thesis completion over the previous calendar year. The PhD Thesis and Early Career Prizes are awarded annually, while the Senior Prize is triennial.

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Microwaves reveal detailed structure of molecular motor

By DESY. Published on 08 August 2017 in:
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A team of scientists has used microwaves to unravel the exact structure of a tiny molecular motor. The nano-machine consists of just a single molecule, made up of 27 carbon and 20 hydrogen atoms (C27H20). Like a macroscopic motor it has a stator and a rotor, connected by an axle. The analysis reveals just how the individual parts of the motor are constructed and arranged with respect to each other. The team led by DESY Leading Scientist Melanie Schnell reports the results in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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Launch of 4open – a new Open Access journal from EDP Sciences

By EDP Sciences. Published on 08 August 2017 in:
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EDP Sciences, a learned society owned publisher, has announced the launch of a new multi- and inter-disciplinary Open Access journal: 4open.

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The EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division is happy to announce the winners of its two 2017 prizes

By Christian Beck. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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The Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division (SNPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) is happy to announce the winners of the two prizes of the Division:

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Report on the 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference

By Gianluigi Arduini. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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The 8th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC) took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 14-19 May and was attended by more than 1,550 people from 34 different countries.

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Mini-workshop at the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

By Nicola Bianchi. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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The 73rd board meeting of the Nuclear Physics Division (NPD) of the European Physical Society (EPS) was held on 13-14 June 2017  in Villa Lanna in Prague, the representative residence of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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Making a valuable resource usable with water

By PSI. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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In oil extraction sites, gaseous methane is simply burned, even though it could actually be a useful precursor material for fuels and products of the chemical industry. One way to make methane usable is to convert it to methanol. Being liquid, methanol is easier to transport than methane, and it can be used both as fuel and as raw material for the chemical industry.

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Young Ukrainian physicists who fled the war took part in DPG Spring meetings

By Mikhail Belogolovskii. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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This article highlights the difficult conditions in which physicists (and other scientists)  from the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces as a consequence of the military conflict in eastern Ukraine that has caused more then 10,000 deaths and over 25,000 injuries.

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First board meeting of new Gravitational Physics Division

By David Wands. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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The past 18 months have seen a coming of age for gravity research. In February last year, the LIGO Virgo collaboration announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two massive black holes more than a billion light years away.

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First Stone Ceremony for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope

By ESO. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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A ceremony marking the first stone of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been attended today by the President of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria. The event was held at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile, close to the site of the future giant telescope. This milestone marked the beginning of the construction of the dome and main telescope structure of the world’s biggest optical telescope, and ushered in a new era in astronomy. The occasion also marked the connection of the observatory to the Chilean national electrical grid.

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New from the Institute of Physics

By Lindsay Clark. Published on 20 July 2017 in:
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IOP membership changes The IOP is under-going several membership changes this year with the changes being voted upon at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. The changes we are proposing are: Simplifying our membership structure We are simplifying our existing structure from seven to four categories and, by doing so, removing barriers to move through the [...]

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