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NASA's plan to save astrophysics from space telescope's budget overruns
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The $1.5 billion in cost overruns needed to complete the planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope had NASA astrophysicists fearing for the future of other projects. But it appears NASA won't suck funds from other astrophysics research to pay for the telescope. "They're not going to ravage the astrophysics budget," said Alan Boss, an astrophysicist at the Carnegie Institution for Science and chair of the NASA advisory council astrophysics subcommittee, told "That is wonderful news." More

Republican fiscal plan could slash science budgets
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The Republican Party swept to victory in the midterm elections on a platform of small government and reduced spending. For science agencies that depend on federal funding, those promises could result in significant budget cuts, experts say. The GOP's 2010 agenda pledges to cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bank bailout levels. According to a statement from the office of House Republican leader John Boehner, R–Ohio, the Republicans' goal is to cut non-military discretionary spending back to 2008 levels. More

Fiscal year 2011 appropriations still not done
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When President Obama announced the administrations fiscal year 2011 (FY-11) budget last February it was joyous news for science. There were across the board increases for research and training even in the face of the president's pledge to freeze domestic spending to close the 1.4 deficit. But now nearly 1 quarter into FY-11 the actual appropriations have yet to win final approval in Congress. The federal government is operating on continuing resolutions of the FY-10 appropriations, which means no growth for inflation and an effective cut. More

Can simple writing exercises bring more women into classes in physics?
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A University of Colorado study has found that women are underrepresented and on average perform more poorly than men in introductory physics. But the study finds that this gap arises predominantly from differential preparation prior to college and psychological factors, rather than differences in ability. Professor Noah Finkelstein, a perennial participant in the annual NSBP conference, is one of the co-authors on the science paper reporting the findings. More

Motorola Foundation awards grant to teach astronomy to Navajo, Hopi children
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Twenty teachers from the Navajo and Hopi Native American nations will be participating in Lowell Observatory's Educational Astronomy Program (LEAP) thanks to a generous grant from the Motorola Foundation. LEAP has four main goals: to use astronomy as a vehicle to stimulate interest in science on the part of Navajo and Hopi children; assist teachers of Native American students in learning about astronomy so they can incorporate it in their classrooms; dismiss myths about scientists and encourage children to consider careers in the sciences; and to train new generations of Native American children to become informed consumers of science information. More

Graphene supercapacitor breaks storage record
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Researchers in the U.S. have made a graphene-based supercapacitor that can store as much energy per unit mass as nickel metal hydride batteries – but unlike batteries, it can be charged or discharged in just minutes or even seconds. The new device has a specific energy density of 85.6 Wh/kg at room temperature and 136 Wh/kg at 80 °C. These are the highest ever values for "electric double layer" supercapacitors based on carbon nanomaterials. More

Distant galaxies confirm dark energy's existence and universe's flatness
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In the late 1990s, two teams of astronomers stunned the scientific community with the finding that the universe is accelerating in its expansion, somehow overpowering the constant pull of gravity that should be slowing it down. The culprit pressing the cosmic accelerator goes by the name "dark energy", which is an appropriately enigmatic moniker for something that remains so poorly understood. This result helped revive Einstein's "blunderous" concept of "cosmological constant", and the latest result by Marinoni and Buzzi might prove that Einstein's concept was not a blunder after all. More

Climate change: Africa to take a 'quantum leap' in forecasting
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The Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), which began earlier in 2010, will see Africa take a "quantum leap" in climate change projection. Previous climate change models for Africa have typically worked at 200 km resolution. The target for Africa is to predict climate changes for every 50 km, but some modellers might take it down to even 25 km. More

When Belgium sneezes, the world catches a cold: What statistical physics tells us about the global economy
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Using the k-shell decomposition method, physicists have identified the 12 countries with greatest power to spread a crisis globally. Their analysis of countries' economic interconnectedness finds that some of the countries with the greatest potential to cause a global crash have surprisingly small gross domestic production. Their result groups European countries Belgium and Luxembourg alongside the U.S. in the top 12 economies in terms of impact on a global economic crisis. More

In Memorium: Longtime NSBP member, Dr. Desmond Saunders-Newton
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Desmond Saunders-Newton, "Dez", passed on Nov. 24 after a brief illness. He was co-chair of the NSBP section on History, Policy and Education. Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Saunders-Newton earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Lawrence University in 1985. From there, he began his career of applying quantitative techniques to social science and policy problems. He attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in 1987. In 1993 he earned MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in computational policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. After his postdoctoral research associate positions, he worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was then selected to be an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow where he was the Science Adviser to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts. His follow-on assignments were with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Defense University Center for Social Science Computing. From 2005-2009 he was Director, Social Computation & Complexity at BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Dez was a unique and vibrant personality, who as a physicist, took on atypical scholarly pursuits. He is survived by his wife and two children and countless friends and colleagues. More

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa offers bursaries on the Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels for students studying in Theoretical Physics or a closely related discipline. These bursaries are available at all South African tertiary institutions. The application deadline date is Jan. 10. Click here for more information.

Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics/Cosmology
Summer Researcher
The CERN Summer Student Program
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
CERN Technical Student Programme
Physics Consultant Opportunities with McGraw-Hill
Assistant Professor - Dept. of Physics
Summer Research Intern
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Assistant Professor of Physics
Assistant Professor
Faculty Position in "Experimental X-ray Condensed Matter"
REU Scholar
Faculty Position in Cosmology/Astroparticle Physics/Gravitational Waves
Faculty Position in Particle Theory
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
Faculty Position in Applied Physics
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Latest research from Chaos An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science
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Chaos from turbulence: Stochastic-chaotic equilibrium in turbulent convection at high Rayleigh numbers

A coupled map lattice model for rheological chaos in sheared nematic liquid crystals

Erratum: "Delayed transiently chaotic neural networks and their application"

Chimeras in a network of three oscillator populations with varying network topology

Practical time-delay synchronization of a periodically modulated self-excited oscillators with uncertainties

Latest research from Nonlinearity
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Strong solutions to a Navier–Stokes–Lamé system on a domain with a non-flat boundary

Pseudographs and the Lax–Oleinik semi-group: a geometric and dynamical interpretation

Generalized QRT mappings with periodic coefficients

Compressible primitive equations: formal derivation and stability of weak solutions

Improved exponential stability for near-integrable quasi-convex Hamiltonians

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