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Fermilab’s photographer extraordinaire retires, win a trip for two to the LHC, can you spot an encroaching drone?

01 Nov 2019 Hamish Johnston
Reidar Hahn
Reidar Hahn's portrait of Fermilab's Marcellus Parker, who is working on superconducting magnets. (Courtesy: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab)

Many science journalists will be familiar with the work of Reidar Hahn, who is retiring after 32 years as Fermilab’s staff photographer. The above image is just one of many fantastic examples of how Hahn has captured the people and places of the particle-physics lab.

“People have been great to share what they’re working on with me, and I have a much greater understanding of how the universe works, and a real appreciation for all the tough, hard work people do at a frontier-science laboratory,” says Hahn.

On 6 November, Fermilab’s art gallery is putting on a show of Hahn’s personal work called Collections, which will run until 3 January, 2020. And if you happen to be at Fermilab next Friday, you can meet Hahn at free reception at the gallery.

I consider myself exceptionally privileged because I have been down the collider tunnel at CERN not once, but twice. The first time was almost 20 years ago, when the gubbins for the Large Electron–Positron Collider was still in the tunnel, about to be replaced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I was there again in 2013 during an upgrade of the LHC.

Both visits were awe inspiring and that is why I urge you to enter this draw to win a trip for two to Geneva for a personal tour of the LHC. It is sponsored by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. I’m afraid the draw is only available to residents of Canada and the US. Good luck!

The malicious use of drones has wreaked havoc at some airports around the world. If you were an aircraft pilot, do you think you could spot a drone encroaching on an airfield as you come into land. The above video will put your observational skills to the test.

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