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Accelerated research

Supratech is a new technological platform designed to produce the latest generation of particle accelerators. Combining the human and financial resources of the CNRS, the CEA (Atomic energy commission), the Ile-de-France regional council and the European Commission, it will equip three regional sites: the Orsay Linear Accelerator laboratory, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and DAPNIA in Saclay. The Supratech project has a budget of e 5 million over four years.

Contact: Christina Cantrel, ccantrel@admin.in2p3.fr

 

ITER reactor site

On June 28, 2005, it was announced that the site of Cadarache (southern France) would be home to the experimental thermonuclear ITER reactor, after a decision made by the six countries participating in the project. Five CNRS-associated laboratories work closely with the CEA in the area of nuclear fusion.
http://www.iter.org/
http://www.itercad.org

 

molecular Computing

The goal of Pico-Inside, an Integrated European Project created for a three-year period, is to make molecular computing a reality. Bringing together CNRS laboratories, research institutes and European industrial firms, Pico-Inside is a joint effort to integrate a complex logical function within a single molecule. While basic logic operations have already been computed within molecules, the researchers are now looking at scanning tunneling microscopes to increase computing power.
http://picoinside.org

 

Athenaweb “Vortal”

The European Commission has launched a “vertical portal” (known as “vortal”) devoted to audiovisual scientific information under the name Athenaweb. It offers European audiovisual professionals access to an electronic library of televised and radio-broadcasts, previews, and contractual solutions for negotiating, selling or exchanging scientific images.
www.athenaweb.org

 


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