Physics Tip Sheet #82, July 24, 2008
American Physical Society
Highlights in this Issue:
Origin of Monster Ocean Waves
A.N. Ganshin, V.B. Efimov, G.V. Kolmakov, L.P. Mezhov-Deglin, and P.V.E. McClintock
Physicists at the University of Lancaster, UK and Institute of Solid State Physics, Russia have for the first time discovered that wave energy can rapidly concentrate to create monster waves under some conditions, in contrast to previous work suggesting that it requires hundreds of miles of open sea for the waves to appear and disappear.
Even in a perfect world life would be imperfectly distributed, according to a new experiment performed at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Grenoble University in France.
50 Years of PRL
Physical Review Letters turns 50 this year. Martin Blume is celebrating the green journal's birthday by summarizing the most intriguing papers to appear in PRL each year since 1958. To see past editions of Marty's Milestone PRL project, visit http://prl.aps.org/50years/milestones
Nadia Ramlagan and James Riordon contributed to this Tip Sheet.
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