APS News

May 2011 (Volume 20, Number 5)


Promise Lies Ahead for Superconductivity After 100 Years
During the March Meeting, scientists, researchers and historians marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity by recalling its history and promise
Fukushima Disaster Alters Dialogue at Nuclear Session
After the nuclear accident in Japan, March's "Drowning in Carbon" session became a focal point for discussing the potential and pitfalls of nuclear power
March Meeting Teems with Graphene Talks
Graphene is one of the hottest areas of research in physics, buoyed by the recent Nobel Prize
New Awards Issue a Call for Nominations
APS members are urged to nominate candidates for APS awards that are making their debut this year
APS Website Hosts Ethics Training Materials
Faculty and others looking to teach the ethics of physics research can now access an activity and discussion guide on the APS website
Materials Physicists Attracted to Spider Webs
The physics of spider webs was among the many breakthroughs in materials science presented at this year’s March Meeting
Spice Ingredient Touted as Explosive Detector
New research into chemical detectors has led down some unorthodox roads, including how an ingredient in some curries can be used to detect explosives
Physics Sheds Light on Cancer and Bacteria Evolution
Physicists who presented their research at this year’s March Meeting hope to use physics to unlock the secrets of such deadly phenomena as tumor metastasis and drug resistance


Letters to the Editor
Don’t Be Ridiculous!• Strange Memory Demands Confirmation • Let APS Members Speak for Themselves
The Back Page
The Gulf Oil Spill Commission: An Inside Look
Another SSC Moment?
Inside the Beltway
The Path Forward May Get Considerably Harder


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
François-Marie Raoult and Raoult’s Law: May 23, 1887
The Education Corner
A column on educational programs and publications
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Willebrord Snellius, also known as Willebrord Snel (or Snell) van Royen
Profiles in Versatility
Developing Hands-On Sustainable Energy Solutions

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