Meteoroid Caught Free-Falling On Video ? No, A Stone In The Parachute Pack

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Aldo Menzione And The Design Of The Silicon Vertex Detector

Below is a clip from a chapter of my book where I describe the story of the silicon microvertex...

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Yesterday I was in Rome, at a workshop organized by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear...

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"In God we trust, all others bring data"

William Edwards Deming
The results of the LUX experiment are out - and they are negative: no dark matter signal has been spotted by the extra sensitive detector. This is a normal day for you and me, but a gloomy day for those that counted on the neutralino to be the first supersymmetric particle to show up and redeem decades of claims.
Do you remember the dijet bump at 140 GeV that CDF published in March 2011 ? This was a surprising excess in the mass distribution of pairs of jets found in events containing a leptonic W boson decay.
Just a quick link today, to acknowledge an interesting report on the life of physics students in Greece and the present situation with Universities there. And of course, if you wish to practice your Greek, there are more articles there, translated for us by Yiannis Michaloliakos.
"The question is not whether these boards will catch fire or not. The question is when they will".

(Said by Fermilab electronics experts who were members of a review panel that provided advice on the construction of a prototype of fast-tracker hardware boards that had been designed for CDF for Run I. The boards were meant to process online data from the CDF tracker at trigger level 2. The boards were redesigned and eventually worked very reliably (no fires!)).
Yesterday evening I chanced to attend, invited by a friend, the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year of the university of Venice "Ca' Foscari", which was held at the Malibran theater. It was the first time I attended one such event, since technically (and practically) I am not an academic, but a researcher at the INFN, the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics. I do occasionally teach university courses (I just took a break from doing so after 5 years of teaching a course of subnuclear physics for 5th year undergraduates); but I do that for the university of Padova, not Venice - my office is at the department of physics of the university of Padova. Besides, Venice does not have a course of laurea in Physics.