Talking Points Memo: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online after a four-month long maintenance period. On Thursday, CERN announced that it had achieved the highest-energy level for proton collisions yet recorded in history: 8 trillion electron volts (TeV).
Science: In 2011, Brian Schmidt, Adam Riess, and Saul Perlmutter were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”. The Nobel may not be shared among more than three people, and the three men wanted to recognize the colleagues who had worked alongside them for decades toward the discovery. Schmidt and Riess decided to invite the remaining 17 members of the High-z Supernova Search Team to Stockholm for the Nobel ceremony. Perlmutter invited the 30 members of the Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP). Each laureate was allowed 14 tickets to the various events organized by the Swedish Academy, and Schmidt and Riess had enough tickets to accommodate everybody and their spouses. They gave their spare tickets to Perlmutter. Altogether, the laureates spent roughly $100,000 from the $1.5 million prize to pay for their guests’ airfares, hotel rooms, tuxedo rentals, and other expenses.
Earth Policy Institute: Renewable energy makes up only a small section of the energy market but since 2007 hydropower grew by 7 percent and wind power grew by 36 percent while coal declined slightly says a new report from the Earth Policy Institute. In fact in five US states more than 10 percent of electricity generation came from wind: South Dakota (22%), Iowa (19%),North Dakota (15%), Minnesota (13%) and Wyoming (10%) yet it is Texas that produces the most wind power at 10,400 MW.