LHC ends 2015 with a cliffhanger

The final Large Hadron Collider results of the year are in. Particles circulated in the LHC at CERN on December 13 for the last time in 2015, and, two days later, the two large general-purpose experiments, ATLAS and CMS, presented their results from LHC Run 2. Both experiments saw an unexpected bump, but scientists need more data to determine whether it's worth getting excited about.

QuAIL project announces advances in quantum tunneling achieved on D-Wave 2X

NASA welcomed members of the news media on December 8 to tour its Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at Ames Research Center, providing attendees a rare glimpse inside the facility that houses the 1,097-qubit D-Wave 2X quantum computer. Researchers on NASA’s QuAIL team are using the system to investigate areas where quantum algorithms might someday dramatically improve the agency's ability to solve difficult optimization problems in aeronautics, Earth and space sciences and space exploration.

Researchers developing shoebox-sized particle accelerator

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in November awarded $13.5 million to Stanford University for an international effort, including key contributions from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, to build a working particle accelerator the size of a shoebox. The technique, based on a technology known as “accelerator on a chip," will use laser light to propel electrons through a series of artfully crafted chips.

SCOAP3 outlines its impact on open access publishing

The SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) executive committee on November 18 held an online forum to discuss the partnership’s impact since its founding in nearly two years ago. SCOAP3 members include libraries, publishers, funding agencies and research centers in more than 40 countries with CERN acting as the administrative host. SCOAP3 works with publishers to convert articles concerned with High Energy Physics (HEP) to open access by redirecting existing subscription funds.

Worthington acquires Taylor Wharton’s CryoScience business

Worthington Industries, Inc., announced its cryogenics business in the pressure cylinders segment is purchasing the assets of the global CryoScience business of Taylor Wharton Cryogenics, including a manufacturing facility in Theodore AL. Worthington will also acquire certain other intellectual property and manufacturing assets of Taylor Wharton focused on the cryogenic industrial and LNG markets.