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Top physics stories and breakthroughs in 2011

from Physics World

Physics World has released its list of the top ten breakthroughs in physics for the year. This year 'stories' has to be somewhat separated from 'breakthoughs' because the two physics stories that dominated the news were questions rather than solid scientific results, namely "Do neutrinos travel faster than light?" and "Has the Higgs boson been found?". MORE

Waves and Packets readers also weighed in on the top stories of 2011. Besides articles about superluminal neutrinos and Higgs, the most read articles on scientific results covered the magnetotoroidic effect, the cutting-edge physics of a crumpled paper ball, terrestrial heat from radioactive decay, Andreev bound states, a new way to make materials with antimatter atoms, particle jets from Centaurus A, earthquakes in Japan and Virginia, and the new optical metrology standard for the kilogram. Waves and Packets readers were also very interested in articles about resources, e.g., the budget scare for the James Webb Space Telescope, and the more real budget outlook for physics and astronomy overall. The closure of physics programs in Texas drew much attention as well. In fact it was the most read article of the year. more

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