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Sept. 8, 2011
Volume: II
Number: 35
National Society of Black Physicists    African Physical Society    South African Institute of Physics   African Astronomical Society   
New record for measurement of atomic lifetime
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Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have measured the lifetime of an extremely stable energy level of magnesium atoms with great precision. Magnesium atoms are used in research with ultraprecise atomic clocks. The new measurements show a lifetime of 2050 seconds. This is the longest lifetime ever measured in a laboratory. The results have been published in Physical Review Letters. More

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On the future of particle accelerators
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Dave Britton is a professor of physics at the University of Glasgow and Project Leader of the GridPP project that provides grid computing for particle physics throughout the world. He sat down with Wired UK to talk about the difficulty of what he calls "looking for a bit of hay in a haystack," and what he sees as the future for large projects such as those at CERN. More

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All-quantum-dot tandem solar cell could double power output, dramatically reduce costs
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A team working under Natcore Technology Inc. co-founder professor Andrew Barron has fabricated two families of multilayer quantum dot films, one with silicon quantum dots and the other with germanium quantum dots, both of which have demonstrated the ability to produce a photo-generated current. Each film is comprised of layers of silicon or germanium quantum dots embedded in a silica matrix, and are fabricated via liquid phase deposition as opposed to chemical vapor deposition. More

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NASA needs more astronauts
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The National Research Council's report, Preparing for the High Frontier — the Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post-Space Shuttle Era, calls for the space agency to maintain a strong astronaut corps, even though human space flight has been temporarily stalled for NASA. Over the years, the number of astronauts employed by NASA has moved from about 150 in 1999 to 61 in 2011, and many astronauts have retired or quit this year. The NRC warns that 61 astronauts may not be enough. More

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Physics explains sweet music to your ears
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The most pleasing musical chords have simple mathematical relationships between the different sound frequencies within them, but the source of this perception is mysterious. A recent mathematical model suggests that the key may be the rhythmically consistent firing of neurons in response to a harmonious pair of frequencies. Now the researchers who developed the model report Physical Review Letters that they have quantified the effect by calculating the information content of their model's neural signals and showed that it increases for tone pairs that are more pleasant sounding. More

Innovative superconductor fibers carry 40 times more electricity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team in Israel has developed superconducting wires using fibers made of single crystals of sapphire to be used in high powered cables. Factoring in temperature requirements, each tiny wire can carry approximately 40 times more electricity than a copper wire of the same size. More

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Do cosmic rays cause global warming?
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A recent Nature article has caused a firestorm of commentary. Many in the media jumped to the conclusion that cosmic rays were affecting the climate. One must wonder why people so "skeptical" about the well-established link between greenhouse gasses and global temperatures would be so quick to jump to conclusions when no such conclusions are supported, or even suggested, in the paper they each claim to be writing about. More

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Status of fiscal year 2012 funding bills
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The next few months will be important in determining the funding of federal scientific research in fiscal year 2012. Although FY 2012 has not started, Congress is unlikely to settle on final budgets until later this year, resulting in continuing resolutions. The outlook is more promising for a quicker resolution of the final appropriations than in previous years because Congress and the administration have settled on an overall cap on FY 2012 discretionary spending. The House has completed most of the appropriations bills impacting physics, but the Senate has moved only on funding for the Department of Energy. More

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Budget outlook for fiscal year 2013
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In January, President Barack Obama will send his fiscal year 2013 budget request to Congress. The request will be bound by the provisions of the Budget Control Act that the president signed into law limiting discretionary spending to $1.047 trillion, a level that is 0.4 percent over than that for FY 2012. On Aug.17, Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew distributed a two-page memorandum for the heads of departments and agencies calling for FY 2013 budget submissions to be 5 percent and 10 percent below the FY 2011 enacted discretionary appropriation. More

Algeria gears up for National Festival in Astronomy
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Algerian astronomers invite worldwide participation in the country's 10th National Festival on Popular Astronomy, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The gathering is both an astronomy exposition and a series of seminars and workshops geared to the general public. The festival has grown to be the largest multinational gathering of its kind in North Africa and even perhaps in Africa. This year's theme is "50 Years of Space Exploration." To encourage more participants, especially from Africa, full local accommodation and participation fees will be covered. More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
Faculty Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Assistant Professor (Experimental Biophysics)
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Assistant Professor of Physics
Director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Assistant Professor Physics and Astronomy
Research Experiences in Astronomy for Undergraduate Students
Assistant Professor Assistant Professor, Condensed Matter Physics
Multiple Faculty Positions in the Area of Organic Photovoltaics
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Junior Faculty Search in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics JR Faculty Search - Expt Low Energy Nuclear Physics
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Auburn University Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Space Physics
Assoc. SRF Group Leader (Sr. Research Assoc)

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 Astrophysical Journal
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Onset of fast magnetic reconnection in partially ionized gases

Anatomy of a solar flare: Measurements of the 2006 Dec. 14 X-class flare with GONG, Hinode and RHESSI

Comparison of seismic signatures of flares obtained by SOHO/Michelson Doppler Imager and GONG Instruments

PTF1 J071912.13+485834.0: An outbursting AM CVn System discovered by a synoptic survey

Evidence for nonevolving Fe II/Mg II ratios in rapidly accreting z ~ 6 QSOs

Latest research from Optics Materials Express
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Complex modes and near-zero permittivity in 3-D arrays of plasmonic nanoshells:loss compensation using gain

Oxides and nitrides as alternative plasmonic materials in the optical range

Toward curvilinear metamaterials based on silver-filled alumina templates [Invited]

A generalized heat-brush approach for precise control of the waist profile in fiber tapers


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