Italian physicist Gianotti first woman to lead Cern

Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti was chosen on Tuesday to lead the Cern particle physics research centre, the first woman to head up the globally renowned laboratory. Gianotti, who joined Cern near Geneva in 1987, was project leader from 2009 to 2013 of the Atlas collaboration, one of two teams tasked...

New insight into unconventional superconductivity

The kagome pattern, a network of corner-sharing triangles, is well known amongst traditional Japanese basket weavers—and condensed matter physicists. The unusual geometry of metal atoms in the kagome lattice and resulting electron behavior makes it a playground for probing weird and wonderful quantum phenomena that form the basis of next-generation...

Swiss strike gold with world’s smallest commemorative coin

A tiny Swiss gold coin bearing a picture of Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out has been crowned as the world's smallest commemorative coin, Switzerland's mint announced Tuesday. The miniature coin, with a face value of a quarter of a Swiss franc (27 US cents, 23 euro cents), measures just...