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In October 2018, the SPS North Area (H2 line) supported several scientific beam tests, led by the University of Geneva.
CERN technician Didier Lombard developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry.
Originally developed for use in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the Medipix technologies have made the journey from CERN to applications across a wide range of sectors - an outstanding example of how technology developed at CERN can create societal impact.
Quasar is a software framework for generating OPC-UA servers, mostly used to control power supplies at CERN.
In 2016, CERN and the University of Bath released a new shareware toolbox for fast, accurate 3D X-ray image reconstruction with applications in medical imaging for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
This project is devoted to the development, testing and first applications of a high-resolution single photon imaging technique (Gamma MRI).
Nicknamed TRACI, for "Transportable Refrigeration Apparatus for CO2 Investigation", is a compact CO2 cooling system.

VESPER stands for Very energetic Electron facility for Space Planetary Exploration missions in harsh Radiative environments. It is a high-energy electron beamline for radiation testing, part of the CTF3 (Compact Linear Collider Test Facility) experimental linear electron accelerator at CERN.

White Rabbit is a protocol developed at CERN for monitoring and controlling devices based on industrial networking technology, made available as open hardware and open source software.

Media Gallery

Recent Media Coverage of CERN's Knowledge Transfer Activities.

Le grand collisionneur de particules du CERN fête ses dix ans d'existence | Radio Television Suisse

(Switzerland / French) Situé sous terre entre Genève et la France voisine, le grand collisionneur de...

A Successful First CERN Entrepreneurship Demo Day |

(Switzerland / English) The very first CERN Entrepreneurship Student Program (CESP) Demo Day took...

CERN Technology Used To Create First Ever 3D Color X-Ray | Forbes

(English) A company based in New Zealand has scanned the human body with a color medical scanner...

3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery | New York Times

(English) 3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery.

The World's First Full-Color, 3D X-rays Are Freaking Me Out | Gizmodo

(English) After 120+ years, x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-color images...

First-ever colour X-ray on a human performed by New Zealand scientists | Hindustan Times

(India / English) New Zealand scientists perform the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human, using...

Top-notch partners launch incubator for high-tech startups | Startup Ticker

(Switzerland / English) PARK INNOVAARE, CERN, Paul Scherrer Institute and the University of Applied...

First human scanned with spectral X-ray scanner | Physics World

(English) First human scanned with spectral X-ray scanner

I sensori che mappano l’aria inquinata vincono “Innovation for Change 2018” | La Stampa

(Italy / Italian) I sensori che mappano l’aria inquinata vincono “Innovation for Change 2018”.