Note book

Cern tightens belt 

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) is to cut spending over the next 5 years by 5 per cent, but will not cancel any projects. Officials have indicated that $340 million (219 million) can be saved between 2011 and 2015 by delaying machine upgrades and the development of future ones. A planned shutdown of the Large Hadron Collider in 2012 for maintenance work will also help save money.  

Home-made bomb rule 

Most terrorist attacks in recent years have been using bombs, frequently based on home-made explosives, made from chemicals that are currently widely available to the general public. The European Commission has therefore put forward a proposal to limit access to chemicals that can be misused in this way. The regulation aims to reduce the threat of attacks committed with home-made explosives, thus enhancing the security of EU citizens.  

Nature pricing row ends  

A row between the University of California (UC) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG) regarding subscription prices (see Chemistry World, July 2010, p4), seems to have come to an end after a meeting on 17 August in which they mutually agreed to explore new approaches and publishing models that would benefit NPG, the UC libraries and the wider community equally. 

Go Figure

395 million tonnes   

The amount of carbon stored in more than 4.3 million hectares of forest in the Madre de Dios region of southeast Peru. This figure reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help determine how much deforestation contributes to the greenhouse effect.