The physicists of the 21st century do not lack ambition: their mission is to discover the make-up of the Universe in its entirety. To date, the most powerful machine built to dissect matter, the LHC particle accelerator, has identified only 5% of the ingredients. And the rest? To find the missing entities, the matter and energy that science has termed dark, will require an even more powerful accelerator. Physicists hope to have it up and running from the year 2035. A study launched two years ago brings together 86 institutes from 29 countries to determine the nature of this super-successor to the LHC. Its leader, CERN’s Michael Benedikt, will visit the BBVA Foundation’s Madrid headquarters on Thursday, September 15 to provide an update on this work in progress.
Bosch. The Garden of Dreams, a documentary co-produced by the Museo del Prado and López-Li Films with the sole sponsorship of the BBVA Foundation, will open shortly in Mexico, the United States and France.
Saku Tsuneta, Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), believes it is not yet feasible to travel to planets orbiting other stars, not even to the newly discovered planet circling our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, just 4.2 light years away. Conversely he is upbeat on our chances of achieving slightly less ambitious goals, like setting up mining operations on the moon and asteroids or “terraforming” Mars. “The 21st century should be the time when mankind gets its first comprehensive picture of the origins of the Universe and life,” he affirms.
Tsuneta, who is also Director General at JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), will visit Madrid on September 5 as the latest speaker in the BBVA Foundation’s astrophysics and cosmology lecture series Science of the Cosmos. Science in the Cosmos. As well as explaining how solar activity influences the Earth’s climate, he will offer data indicating that the Sun may be headed for a prolonged period of weak activity. On the subject of solar storms, he will discuss the threat they pose for civilization, while stressing the need to improve the forecasting accuracy of space meteorology.
The Museo del Prado and Fundación BBVA wish to offer visitors every opportunity to visit "Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition,” a unique event at which they can enter the imagination of one of the most fascinating and universal painters of all time. In this respect, 428.527 visitors have already enjoyed the exhibition. The show will therefore remain open until next 25 September, featuring special opening hours, given that, over the last two weekends, visitors can enjoy the exhibition up until midnight.
Nuno Freitas, the young Portuguese mathematician last year awarded the José Luis Rubio de Francia Prize of the Real Sociedad Matemática Española (RSME), enjoys the “constant challenge” of researching in mathematics, and the feeling that his work “does not repeat itself.” He also declares himself content with “the lifestyle it allows me.”