Interactions News Wire #60 — 10
25 November 2010 http://www.interactions.org
Content: Media Advisory
Date Issued: 25 November 2010
Whales sing at the same wavelength as the neutrinos emitted by stars. This happy coincidence gave physicists the idea to share their undersea telescopes with marine biologists. By helping the development of a bioaccoustics network to monitor the deep sea environment, they have already enabled the discovery of the unexpected presence of sperm whales in the Mediterranean Sea. It is even possible to listen to the song of whales live from home with a personal computer connected to the web, thanks to the LIDO platform (Listen to the Deep Ocean) : http://listentothedeep.com
European astroparticle physicists are developing together KM3NeT, a large undersea neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, dedicated to tracking neutrinos from astronomical sources. The deployment of deep sea neutrino detection lines for current experiments such as Antarès in France, Nemo in Italy and Nestor in Greece has opened up the possibility of also installing monitoring devices for the permanent study of the deep sea environment: studies of ocean currents, of bioluminescence, of fauna and of seismic activity.
Astroparticle physics is a new field mixing both particle physics and astrophysics and offering many new opportunities for environmental disciplines such as oceanography, climate science and studies of the atmosphere, geology...
The ASPERA* European network for astroparticle physics and CNRS/IN2P3 invite the media to participate in the workshop << From the Geosphere to the Cosmos >> on 1st and 2nd December at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, where the new synergies and challenges of environmental sciences and astroparticle physics will be presented.
Journalists are very welcome to attend the whole event. A press briefing will be held on the 1st December 16:15 at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, where the following projects will be presented:
Astroparticle physics is an excellent example of interdisciplinarity, combining the research and technologies of both particle physics and astrophysics. Over the last few years, new methods for observing the Universe have been devised. With astroparticle physics, it is no longer a question of simply studying the light that comes from the stars. Rather, the very particles emitted by cosmic bodies can be detected and analysed. Cosmic rays and neutrinos have a whole new story to tell about the violent processes underway in black holes and supernovae. Be it tracking dark matter particles in underground laboratories, or fishing for neutrinos in the ocean's depths, today's physicists can appear almost as characters from Jules Verne, modern-day explorers of the wonders of our Universe.
By deploying large infrastructures in unusual places, astroparticle physics offers new opportunities for other scientific disciplines for studying the atmosphere, the ocean, biology in extreme conditions...
Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt 75008 Paris - France
Access: Metro : Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (Lines 1 & 13) or Franklin-D.-Roosevelt (lines 1 & 9)
Bus lines: 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
Detailed programme of the event: http://bit.ly/agFINp
Pictures available at: http://bit.ly/1oUOnV
To register please contact Christina Cantrel (IN2P3/CNRS):
Christina.Cantrel@cnrs-dir.fr / Tel. +33 1 44 96 47 60
For any interview request, please contact Arnaud Marsollier (ASPERA press officer):
firstname.lastname@example.org /Tel. +41 76 487 2789
Press contact for Italy:
Antonella Varaschin / email@example.com / Tel. +39 06 68 68 162
Press contact for Greece:
Ino Agrafioti / firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel. +30 210 6503591
* ASPERA, the AStroParticle European Research Area is a network of European national funding agencies responsible for astroparticle physics. ASPERA is funded by the European Commission, bringing together 17 countries and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research): www.aspera-eu.org