Physics

La vita sociale dei quark

La collaborazione LHCb nel 2008. Credit: collaborazione LHCb.

Proprio mentre si festeggiavano i cinque anni dalla scoperta del bosone di Higgs, dal Large Hadron Collider è arrivato l'annuncio di una nuova particella, meno famosa forse, ma non meno interessante. Si tratta di uno stato contenente due quark charm e un quark up. I quark sono i costituenti fondamentali della materia, e ne esistono sei tipi: up e down sono i più leggeri, e poi ci sono strange, charm, bottom e top, più pesanti.

In Sweden the most powerful neutron microscope in the World

Three of the main Italian research institutions, together with the Ministry for Education, University and Research, participate in one of Europe's most ambitious projects of recent years: the construction of the most powerful neutron microscope in the World: European Spallation Source (ESS). It will be built in Sweden and will be used for interdisciplinary studies, from life sciences to physics, from nanotechnology to pharmaceuticals.

Bugging and promoting the excellence in physics

It calls itself “a knowledge hub”, a place where people from developing countries can share and learn at the top level. It is located in Trieste, Italy. Founded by a Nobel Laureate, it is funded (almost) by a single country, but ruled by two outstanding international organizations. It has already a great fame, due its scientific excellence and its role in promoting and educating the best young scientists from all over the world.