APS in the News - 2015

2014 Physics Top Ten
January 4, 2015
Several important discoveries made 2014 a big year for physics.
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Curves from Flatness
January 6, 2015
An ancient Japanese art of cutting and folding paper provides a set of rules for making curves out of flat surfaces.
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Air Laser
January 7, 2015
A laser that amplifies light with air could benefit remote sensing applications.
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Energy from Mixing Water
January 11, 2015
A new theoretical analysis could help boost the amount of energy that can be captured when fresh and salty water mix.
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Gravity Curvature Measured
January 12, 2015
Direct measurement of gravity's curvature could lead to an improvement in the experimental value of the gravitational constant.
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Magnetic Graphene
January 12, 2015
Graphene can sometimes borrow the magnetic properties of a nearby material.
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Dark Matter Discovery May be Confirmed
January 12, 2015
New calculations support dark matter discovery by DAMA.
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Fishy Pressure Sensing
January 13, 2015
Fishes' lateral lines act as hydrodynamic antennas that aid in positioning and prey tracking.
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Ants Don't Jam
January 19, 2015
A new model explains why ants in traffic tend to bypass a collision and just keep going.
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Kirigami Quantified
January 20, 2015
Physicists find a simple set of rules to create curves from straight lines with the ancient paper folding art of Kirigami.
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Sonic Booms in Nerves
January 20, 2015
Shock waves in nerve cells could speed signals.
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Strange Pasta
January 21, 2015
A form of matter known as "nuclear pasta" in neutron star crusts may be even weirder than previously thought.
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Pinpointing Heart Attacks
January 26, 2015
New model of cardiac muscle tissue could provide important insights into atrial fibrillation.
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Espresso in Space
January 28, 2015
Radical cup design lets astronauts sip espresso in free fall.
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Iron-60 Half-life Refined
January 30, 2015
Resolution of ambiguities in the half-life of iron-60 provides a new astronomical timescale.
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Network Inspired Sorting
February 2, 2015
Network theory leads to more efficient automated document sorting algorithms.
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Science Budget Boost
February 3, 2015
White House proposes increase in research and development funding.
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Turbulent Black Holes
February 6, 2015
Ripples in spacetime can create turbulence in the vicinity of a black hole.
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Quantum Time Connection
February 11, 2015
The future might affect the past in some quantum physics situations.
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Inflation Hunt Continues
February 12, 2015
Despite recent setbacks, the search for evidence of the universe's faster-than-light expansion marches on.
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Superposition Size Limit
February 12, 2015
New experiments could determine the upper size limit for quantum superposition effects.
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Acid Break-Up
February 12, 2015
Physicists clarify the way acids dissolve in water.
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Cooling with Light
February 13, 2015
Physicists manage to cool macroscopic objects with laser light.
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Pion Polarizability Measured
February 16, 2015
Researchers announce the most precise measurement of the polarizability of pion to date.
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A Light on Dark Matter
February 19, 2015
Dark matter could deflect a small fraction of incident photons, producing a detectable glow around galaxies.
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Influential Zealots
February 20, 2015
A relatively small number of enthusiasts can greatly influence the adoption of new ideas.
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Solar Dark Matter Trap
February 23, 2015
Could the Sun be trapping asymmetric dark matter?
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Dark Matter Danger
February 24, 2015
Does dark matter cause mass extinctions?
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Sheep Jam Prevention
February 24, 2015
A wide post in front of a door prevents sheep flocks from jamming the exit.
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Zombie Escape Plan
February 26, 2015
The Rocky Mountains are the safest spot to hide from a US zombie outbreak.
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Dark Photons Elusive
February 27, 2015
There is still no sign of a dark, heavy cousin of the photon.
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Reverse Wired Eyeball
February 27, 2015
New study explains why photoreceptors are located behind optical nerves instead of in front.
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The Big Rip
July 1, 2015
A new model predicts the universe will pull itself apart in 22 billion years.
Article: International Business Times
Abstract: Physical Review D

Laser Molecule Assembly
July 6, 2015
Tuned lasers can control bonding of atoms to assemble custom molecules one at a time.
Article: Ars Technica
Synopsis: Physics

Greenhouse Gas Measurements
July 8, 2015
Better understanding of the way carbon dioxide absorbs light allows more accurate predictions of global warming.
Article: The Guardian
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Wetting Theory
July 9, 2015
A new theory explains how stable droplets form on surfaces.
Article: Geek News
Abstract: Forthcoming Physical Review Letters

Time Crystals Quashed
July 9, 2015
A better definition of quantum time crystals proves they can't exist.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Stabilizing Quantum Information
July 10, 2015
Manganese carbonate crystals can stabilize interactions between photons and nuclear spins, potentially leading to practical quantum memory.
Article: Asian Scientist
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Superfluid Bacteria
July 10, 2015
E. coli bacteria can transform solutions into superfluids at certain concentrations.
Article: Nature News
Synopsis: Physics

Time's Arrow
July 10, 2015
Gravity may be the reason time only goes one way.
Article: Science News
Viewpoint: Physics
Abstract: Physical Review D

Laser Molecule Scans
July 13, 2015
A news laser-based technique allows researchers to study molecular structures in two dimensions.
Article: Asian Scientist
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

The Helium Problem
July 15, 2015
A string of bad political decisions about the U.S. helium stockpile has created pricing chaos.
Article: Wired
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Pentaquark Discovered
July 15, 2015
LHC pentaquark discovery validates a 50-year notion about the nature of matter.
Article: Christian Science Monitor
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Death by Design
July 16, 2015
Limited lifespans may offer evolutionary advantages.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Charcoal and Earthquakes
July 17, 2015
Wood-based products can have mini-earthquakes.
Article: Inside Science
Abstract: Physical Review Letters
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Graphene Hyper-Honeycomb
July 20, 2015
Three dimensional form of graphene may be more stable than diamond.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Dark Matter Extinction
July 23, 2015
Could dark matter play a role in mass extinctions?
Article: Australian Geographic
Viewpoint: Physics

Adaptive Marketing Downside
July 23, 2015
Pricing electrical power based on demand could lead to chaotic markets.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review E

Dark Pions
July 25, 2015
Physicists propose dark matter particles that interact strongly with themselves, but not with normal matter.
Article: Live Science
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Melting Point Record Predicted
July 28, 2015
Physicists have, theoretically, found a substance with a melting point that beats out the previous record by hundreds of degrees.
Article: Washington Post
Abstract: Physical Review B

Icy Mystery Solved
July 29, 2015
Experiments show it's the layer of liquid on the surface of ice that makes it so slippery.
Article: New Scientist
Focus: Physics

Dresselhaus Interview
July 31, 2015
Former APS President and nanomaterial pioneer built her own thesis equipment from World War II surplus.
Article: Ars Technica

Dancing in a Crowd
July 31, 2015
Even in a swarm, individual pairs of male and female midges find ways to dance together.
Article: Inside Science
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Listening for Binary Black Holes
July 31, 2015
Mergers of binary black holes from dense star clusters may be promising sources of gravitational waves.
Article: CDA News
Synopsis: Physics

Bizarre Black Hole Time
September 3, 2015
A new analysis suggests that thermodynamic time runs backward inside black holes and collapsing universes.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Supernova Simulator
September 9, 2015
Nuclei in a particle storage ring characterize previously inaccessible nuclear reactions that take place in stellar explosions.
Article: New Scientist
Synopsis: Physics

Cosmic Mapping
September 20, 2015
Radio pulses from very distant objects may offer a new way to map the Universe.
Article: Astronomy Now
Focus: Physics

Earthquake Trigger
September 23, 2015
Acoustic waves can trigger earthquakes by reducing friction between the rocks within a fault.
Article: New Scientist
Synopsis: Physics

Better Knots
September 23, 2015
Physicists reveal the relationship between the configuration of a knot and the forces within it.
Article: Gizmodo
Focus: Physics

Returning Wedding Ring
September 24, 2015
A wedding ring spun on a table will follow a boomerang trajectory.
Article: Gizmodo
Synopsis: Physics

Percolating Anesthesia
September 25, 2015
A percolation model of a network of neurons mimics the brain wave changes that accompany anesthesia.
Article: Inside Science News Service
Focus: Physics

Stealth Dark Matter
September 25, 2015
A theory may explain universe’s missing mass with stealth dark matter.
Article: Astronomy Now
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Eliminating Semiconductor Defects
September 28, 2015
Alloy engineering addresses long-standing problem of semiconductor defects.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Murder at the APS
September 29, 2015
A half-century ago, a rejected scientist turned violent.
Article: The Atlantic