This July saw the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN by the ATLAS and CMS Collaborations. CERN celebrated with a symposium, taking a look at the results from the last ten years and thinking to the future. You can find recordings of the talks at the symposium, here: https://indico.cern.ch/event/1135177/timetable/ If… Continue reading 10th anniversary of the HIGGS BOSON
Creating a custom science-themed laptop skin!
As an experimental particle physicist, my laptop is an extension of myself. I use it every day to work, to run my code, to talk to colleagues around the world, to check Twitter, and also to relax. I'm writing this post on it right now! Since I (usually) travel a lot, it's a vital way… Continue reading Creating a custom science-themed laptop skin!
Last week I was the curator of the Real Scientists Twitter account (@RealScientists). It coincided with a trip to CERN for a test beam experiment so I took full advantage of being on site to show as much of CERN as possible. I ended up having a lot of fun being a tourist in my own… Continue reading Real Scientists
Higgs Boson and Beyond
In my last post, I wrote about the second year anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery, so it was very timely that the weekend directly afterwards I spent at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition, talking to the public about the Higgs boson and where it could lead. The exhibit was a partnership of many… Continue reading Higgs Boson and Beyond
Successful installation of the ATLAS Insertable B-Layer
On the 8th of May, I had some fantastic news in my inbox: the IBL, or Insertable B-Layer, had been taken 100m underground and installed into the ATLAS experiment at CERN! Unless you're an ATLAS physicist yourself, you probably don't know what I'm talking about when I mention the IBL. In short, it's an extra layer… Continue reading Successful installation of the ATLAS Insertable B-Layer
CERN opens doors for 60th celebrations
Last weekend was "Le CERN fête ses 60 ans avec ses voisins", or public open day for CERN's neighbours as part of the 60 years celebrations. If I'd known that I would definitely have been at CERN during the open day weekend, I would have volunteered to help, but instead I went along as a… Continue reading CERN opens doors for 60th celebrations