APS News

November 2011 (Volume 20, Number 10)


Physical Review X Out of the Gate
APS’s new open access online journal Physical Review X published its first issue on September 30 featuring twelve scientific papers
APS Helps Deconstruct the iPad on Capitol Hill
At an event on Capitol Hill, APS showed how one generation’s basic research turns into the next generation’s iPad
Nobels Honor Discoveries of Accelerating Universe, Quasicrystals
The 2011 Nobel Prize in physics went to Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for discovering the accelerated expansion of the universe and the chemistry award went to Dan Shechtman for discovering quasicrystals
Redesigned Website Merges Physics and Focus
As part of its redesign, APS’s online magazine Physics is incorporating Physical Review Focus
Fermilab Plans to Up the Intensity
After the shutdown of the Tevatron, Fermilab is refocusing its research efforts to explore the cutting edge physics at the intensity frontier
Science Journalism Can Save Lives
In a time of shrinking newsroom budgets, science reporting is imperiled but more important than ever
Meeting Briefs
Highlights from the two APS divisions and six sections that met over the last month.
Ig Nobels May be not so Crazy After All
Though the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes sound like silly science, there’s a lot of legitimate and important research behind them


Letters to the Editor
Political Left-Right Asymmetry Explained • Consumers Have a Right to the Incandescent Bulb • Physics of Climate is Inherently Political • Past Presidents Don’t Define Their Parties
The Back Page
A Framework for K-12 Science Education


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
Nov. 19, 1711: Birth of Mikhail Lomonosov, Russia’s first modern scientist
The Washington Dispatch
A bimonthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
International News
China, Sputnik, and American Science
Focus on APS Sections
Northwest Section

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