First three-year LHC running period reaches a conclusion

At 7:24 am on February 14, the shift crew in the CERN Control Center extracted the beams from the Large Hadron Collider, bringing the machine’s first three-year running period to a successful conclusion. The LHC’s first run has seen major advances in physics, including the discovery of a new particle that looks increasingly like the long–sought Higgs boson, announced on July 4, 2012.

Foam’s future seen in space and industry

Materials designed with specialized thermal properties have been integral components of NASA's space shuttles and other launch vehicles for many years. Now, two thermal insulation systems developed by scientists at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory (CTL), a CSA Corporate Sustaining Member, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida may have application for future exploration programs, as well as the commercial world.

TEPCO to buy 800,000 tonnes of LNG from US reports that the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power station said Wednesday it plans to buy 800,000 tonnes of light liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually from the United States as it looks to cut its fuel bills. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had agreed to buy 400,000 tonnes a year from Mitsui & Co trading house, and was in final talks with Mitsubishi Corp trading firm for the same amount.

US conductor fabrication for ITER

US ITER and its vendors are moving into a new fabrication phase for the project's toroidal field magnet system. Cabling and conductor fabrication are now underway in New Hampshire and Florida for the niobium-tin wire produced in the US. All of this fabrication effort is in preparation for delivering the final product in 2015 to the European Union.

The birth of a very-high-field superconductor

The strong magnetic fields of an MRI scanner or a particle accelerator are generated efficiently by electromagnets that have superconducting wire in their coils. A group of scientists has discovered how to make better wires using a promising material known as Bi-2212. With this discovery comes the possibility of creating magnetic fields in excess of 30 Tesla, three to four times higher than those generated by present accelerator magnet technology.