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A tribute to Rodolfo Bonifacio

Prof. Rodolfo Bonifacio died, aged 76, few days ago in Rome. Since many years he was Associated Emeritus to the National Laboratory of Frascati. He leaves us a legacy of strong passion for physics and for scientific challenges.

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LIMADOU: time to fly!

The “High Energy Particle Detector” (HEPD) was calibrated at the Beam Test Facility (BTF), at the National Laboratory of Frascati. HEPD is part of a number of innovative detectors that will be installed on the Chinese satellite CSES (China Seismo Electromagnetic Satellite), for the Italian-Chinese project CSES-LIMADOU.

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NAUTILUS passes the baton

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On October 7th, 2016, the gravitational wave antenna NAUTILUS (Nuova Antenna a Ultra bassa Temperatura per esplorare In Lontano Universo le Supernovae) has ended its long data collection started in February 2003.

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Growing little scientists

The National Laboratory of Frascati offered the students from the “T. C. Onesti” High School in Fermo a chance to work on one of its particle accelerators: the Beam Test Facility.

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Acceleration re-defined once again in Pisa

In 1589 the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei performed in Pisa his ground-breaking acceleration experiments, observing balls accelerating down a ramp. He timed the rolling balls by counting his heart beat, finding that the “the spaces traversed were to each other as the squares of the times”. Galileo’s results violated the ancient theory from Aristotles and a few years later Galieo’s contract as lecturer at Pisa University was not renewed. Nowadays school kids all over the world learn about acceleration with the famous formula from Galileo.

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