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Aug. 17, 2011
Volume: II
Number: 32
National Society of Black Physicists    African Physical Society    South African Institute of Physics   African Astronomical Society   
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365 Days of Astronomy is a user-driven podcast, where listeners themselves record the episodes with daily updates of personal stories of astronomy and science. The podcast is in desperate need of submissions and funding. 365 DoA is a great venue to not only educate people about astronomy, but to get them personally involved. More

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Solar flare activity prompting NASA to convene a news briefing Aug. 18 in Washington    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Increasing solar activity and the threat that coronal mass ejections pose to Earth has prompted NASA to convene a news briefing at its headquarter building in Washington at 2 p.m. EDT April 18. The briefing has been arranged in light of new information coming from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, spacecraft and other NASA probes. The briefing will be webcast live via NASA TV. More

Darkest exoplanet spotted by astronomers
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The Jupiter-sized planet is orbiting its star at a distance of just 5 million kilometers, and is likely to be at a temperature of some 1,200 C. The planet may be too hot to support reflective clouds like those we see in our own solar system, but even that would not explain why it is so dark. There may be an overabundance of gaseous sodium or titanium dioxide, or some other exotic chemistry that absorbs light on the planet. The finding will be reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. More

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Argonne team develops novel X-ray lens    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has developed the new "multilayer Laue lens." This lens focuses high-energy X-rays so tightly they can detect objects as small as 15 nanometers in size and is in principle capable of focusing to well below 10 nanometers. More

New STM experiments resolve the nodal structure of individual orbitals of single organic molecules
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Leo Gross of IBM-Zürich and collaborators at the University of Liverpool have reported in Physical Review Letters a new scanning tunneling microscope experiment that directly visualizes the nodal structure of molecular electronic states. With the potential to reveal chemical identity, bonding and structure in molecules, the new technique allows STM to become as useful for imaging in chemistry as it is in physics. More

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The Daya Bay Reactor neutrino experiment begins taking data
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The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment has begun recording interactions of antineutrinos as they travel away from the powerful reactors of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group in southern China. The startup of the Daya Bay experiment marks the first step in the international effort of the Daya Bay Collaboration to measure a crucial quantity related to tau neutrino oscillation, in which electron-flavored neutrinos morph into electron and muon neutrinos. More

SPIE launches blog to gather comment on Harnessing Light update
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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has launched a new blog, "Harnessing Minds," to provide the photonics community with an open online forum for comment to provide input to the U.S. National Academies update of its 1998 study, Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st century. The blog extends to everyone in the photonics community the opportunity to help design the future of photonics. The Harnessing Minds blog complements live town-hall style events being held at SPIE events including the upcoming Optics + Photonics symposium in San Diego. That session is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. PDT Aug. 22 in the San Diego Convention Center, and is open to the public. More

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MeerKAT radio telescope a step closer
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An international panel of experts has declared that the South Africa's 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope has passed its "preliminary design review" with "distinction." The latest review was carried out in Cape Town, South Africa, by a panel consisting of radio astronomers from India, the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, Chile and Australia. The panel was convened to evaluate all aspects of the design of MeerKAT, the system engineering development process, risk potential and satisfaction of user requirements. More

Nokia joins partnership for Africa's SKA telescope bid
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South Africa's Department of Science and Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with another global corporation — this time with Nokia — in an effort to bolster Africa's Square Kilometer Array bid. The Nokia agreement includes nine initiatives that fall into four separate categories — with a strong focus on education and entrepreneurship. Nokia will support the Mobile Learning for Maths and Nokia Education Delivery, which aid the delivery of educational material via wireless networks as content on TV at schools. More

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arXiv celebrates its 20th birthday
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Started in 1991 as a preprint sharing medium for high energy physicists, arXiv has evolved into a Web resource that now contains close to 700,000 full texts, receives 75,000 new texts each year and serves roughly 1 million full-text downloads to about 400,000 distinct users every week. Launched before any conventional journals were online, arXiv pioneered many of the tools now taken for granted. It may very well be one of the most important innovations ever for leveling the playing field in scientific research. More

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Another anniversary in physics: The Rutherford Model of the Atom is 100 Years Old
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Physics professor and Wired blogger, Rhett Allain, gives a short history of models of the atom. More

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Articles in Nature and Science foresee slightly deferred pain for federal science funding
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Though the presidential election could change everything, science policy analysts are predicting that science agencies could be devastated by automatic cuts in 2013. Nature sees a worst case of "shuttered laboratories and mass lay-offs at universities that would get even worse in 2014. More

Groups call for scientists to engage the body politic
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The National Academy of Sciences is starting a Science Ambassador Program in which researchers will be recruited and trained to speak out on their areas of expertise. Separately, a five-year-old nonprofit group called Scientists and Engineers for America offers guidance and encouragement to researchers considering a run for public office — from local school boards to the House and Senate. This year, former U.S. Congressmen Vern Ehlers and Bill Foster, two of the three physicists that served in the last Congress, formed a bipartisan political action committee they called Ben Franklin's List, whose goal was to offer engineers and scientists the credibility and money they need to win office. More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
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NASSP Honors and Masters Programs (Closing date: Sept. 30)
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Auburn University Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Space Physics
Assoc. SRF Group Leader (Sr. Research Assoc)
4 Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Experimental and Computational Condensed Matter Physics
Faculty Position in Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Program Manager Antartic Research Logistics Integration
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow
South African Research Chairs
Project Officer: IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development (3 Year Contract)
Faculty Position in Theoretical Solid State Physics
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
HBCU STEM Fellowship Program
National Astrophysics and Space Science Program
Visiting Professor
Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

Advice for graduate students
Inside Higher Education
Steven Stearns offers some insight and advice for graduate students. Know thyself and know thy advisor. More

More advice for graduate students
Inside Higher Education
So much comes down to good writing skills. Steven Stearns offers some tips on how to write well and write strategically. More

Overcoming the imposter syndrome
At one time or another nearly every graduate student and new faculty member wonders about his or her competence. This is a common fear often referred to as the impostor syndrome. The impostor syndrome runs rampant in academia — and women are especially prone to it. How do you get over the impostor syndrome? Easier said than done. More

Ready. Set. Go. Transitioning from college to graduate school
Compared to your undergraduate education, graduate school is faster paced. Professors expect a lot of work to be done, and there's a lot less hand-holding. More

Latest research from the Journal of Geophysical Research — Space Physics
Journal of Geophysical Research — Space Physics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Effect of thermospheric contraction on remediation of the near-Earth space debris environment

Energetic storm particle events in coronal mass ejection–driven shocks

Cassini dust stream particle measurements during the first three orbits at Saturn

Optical signatures of lightning-induced electron precipitation


Latest research from the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
IOP Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Charge transport in ultrathin iron-phthalocyanine thin films under high electric fields

Temperature dependences of piezoelectric, elastic and dielectric constants of L-alanine crystal

Surface defects and temperature on atomic friction

Connectedness percolation in monodisperse rod systems: clustering effects

The effect of prolonged irradiation on defect production and ordering in Fe–Cr and Fe–Ni alloys

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