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NSBP announces new recruiting and application tool
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NSBP is pleased to announce two Web-based applications that allow students to upload all the essential elements of a graduate school or REU internship application to a database. Graduate and REU programs can subscribe to this database. This service lowers one of the barriers to graduate school by providing an opportunity for students to put their credentials in front graduate program committees at multiple institutions.

There are 185 Ph.D programs in physics, and 29 separate astronomy Ph.D programs in the United States. In addition, there are nearly 70 terminal masters programs in physics and astronomy. Because of money and time constraints, normally students have to first decide upon a finite set of graduate programs to which to apply. Through this new NSBP service students can upload the elements of a graduate school application including academic history, transcripts (as PDF copies), GRE scores, letters of recommendation, work/internship history and a personal statement (as a PDF).

The service is available for both graduate programs and REU internship programs.

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National Nuclear Science Week is Jan. 24-26
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National Nuclear Science Week is a national, broadly observed week-long celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Each day will provide for learning about the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by exploring nuclear science. More

South African astronomers unveil Trans-Africa radio astronomy project
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South Africa is promoting the development of a network of radio telescopes across Africa. This new project is an outgrowth of the cooperation between South Africa and eight other African countries to host the $2.5 billion international Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope. The project involves converting large satellite telecommunications dishes, rendered obsolete by advances in telecommunications technology, and found in many African countries, into radio telescopes. This array of dishes would then be used for long baseline and very long baseline interferometry observations. The project would also serve to stimulate astronomy in the participating countries and to help develop skills in electronics and information and communications technologies. More

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2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival to be held in spring 2012
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Building on the success of the inaugural Festival in 2010, the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests throughout the 2011-2012 school year and a finale expo in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2012. More

3 arrangements: Exploring our grand universe
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NSBP members, Herman White, Jim Gates and Larry Gladney, also known as the Three Cosmic Tenors, will touch on string theory, particle physics and mathematical astrophysics to illuminate what the universe is made of and how it is evolving at a free and open public event at the Carnegie Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. The event begins at 6:45 p.m. EST Feb. 3. More

Cutting-edge accelerator project lures top minds, creates jobs
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It will be two years before ground is broken on the $600 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. But already this haven for nuclear physics research, projected to inject $1 billion of economic activity into the state, is having an impact. More

Spallation Neutron Source's VULCAN to probe ITER's superconducting cable
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Scientists and engineers at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., are working with the U.S. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Project Office at ORNL, the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency and the ITER Organization to resolve issues with the critical superconducting cables for ITER's central solenoid magnet. The team of Japanese, U.S. and ITER Organization engineers discovered in late 2010 in a sample test that the superconducting cables making up the central solenoid magnet at the core of the ITER design were losing their current-carrying capacity over time to an extent well beyond that experienced in an earlier ITER model coil test. More

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Physicists take new look at the atom    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Measuring the attractive forces between atoms and surfaces with unprecedented precision, University of Arizona physicists have produced data that could refine our understanding of the structure of atoms and improve nanotechnology. The discovery has been published in the journal Physical Review Letters. More

Podcast: Using the big screen to explain the nano-world
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Dr. Linda Schadler of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explains the Molecularium Project, which uses the big screen to explain the nano-world. Schadler is an experimentalist, and her research has focused on the micromechanical behavior of polymer composites. More

Does cell biology need physicists?
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Allured by the chic perception and higher funding levels of disease-oriented research, many physicists have migrated to cell biology. Does physics really play a dominant role, or is cellular physiology slave to genetics and chemistry? Physicist Charles Wogelmuth explores some of the successes and pitfalls of physical biology. More

The peculiar nature of molecular hydrogen vibration under high pressure    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most of our universe consists of hydrogen atoms, which are often found under extraordinarily high pressure as high as tens of millions of times the atmospheric pressure of Earth. Understanding the exotic physics of such a high-pressure regime will contribute to our understanding of planet formation, hydrogen storage, room temperature superconductivity and other fields. More

Relativity powers your car battery
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You don't need a near-light-speed spaceship to see the effects of relativity—they can arise even in a slow-moving automobile. The lead-acid battery that starts most car engines gets about 80 percent of its voltage from relativity, according to theoretical work in the Jan. 7 Physical Review Letters. The relativistic effect comes from fast-moving electrons in the lead atom. More

How to make your own cosmic-ray detector
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This experiment can be kind of tricky and may need to be conducted a couple of times to get it right. Some materials, such as dry ice, may be difficult to get hold of and should be handled with care. More

NFL testing helmets with impact-sensing accelerometers for concussion analysis
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The same sensors that detect the tilt of your smart phone could well start showing up in the helmets of NFL players by next season. The NFL is close to trying out a pilot program for these impact-sensing helmets. They'll be trying a few different configurations, with sensors in helmets, earpieces or mouthpieces, but all will use accelerometers—a sensor that should be familiar to anyone who's played Doodle Jump on a smart phone. More

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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Physics Faculty (Regular Full-time 10 months with benefits)
Summer Research Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor
Astronomy Lab Instructor and Support Staff Position
Physics Division Director
Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Astronomy Lab Instructor
Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest – Research Experience for Undergraduates
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
NIST-ARRA Undergraduate, Graduate, Postdoc, Senior Fellowship Program
Visiting Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics
Faculty Positions - Physics Department
Experimental Plasma Physics in Fusion Science
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Summer Research Associate
Tenure Track Faculty Assistant/Associate/Full
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Director, South African Astronomical Observatory
Summer Researcher

Latest research from the Journal of Chemical Physics
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Explicit correlation and intermolecular interactions: Investigating carbon dioxide complexes with the CCSD(T)-F12 method

A first principles molecular dynamics study of excess electron and lithium atom solvation in waterammonia mixed clusters: Structural, spectral, and dynamical behaviors of [(HO)NH] and Li(HO)NH at finite temperature

Crystal nucleation of colloidal hard dumbbells

Observation of ultrafast Q-band fluorescence in horse heart cytochrome c in reduced and oxidized forms

Density matrix based microscopic theory of molecule metal–nanoparticle interactions: Linear absorbance and plasmon enhancement of intermolecular excitation energy transfer

Latest research from IOP Journal
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Magnetosome chain superstructure in uncultured magnetotactic bacteria

Probing GFP-actin diffusion in living cells using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy

Modelling intercellular communication and its effects on tumour invasion

Singularity analysis of the AKT signaling pathway reveals connections between cancer and metabolic diseases

Encapsulation of a polymer by an icosahedral virus

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