APS News

July 1995 (Volume 4, Number 7)


MACHOs, Unity Session Mark 1995 April Meeting
Around 1500 physicists gathered for the 1995 April Meeting in Washington, DC, the most varied of APS meetings because of the number of divisions represented.
Physical Review's Greatest Hits
Hans Bethe, a pioneer of nuclear physics, was a featured speaker at the reception celebrating the publication of the Physical Review-The First Hundred Years.
Inside the Beltway: Science Funding Facing 35 Percent Cut By Year 2000
If the House and Senate budget committees get their way, overall funding for science and technology could be cut by as much as 35 percent by the year 2000.
Changing Role of Science in Society Featured at Unity Session
APS Past President Burton Richter focused on the current re-examination of the role of science in society in his retiring presidential address.
APS Council Adopts Statement on EMFs and Public Health
The APS Council adopted a statement in April declaring that purported health effects of power line fields have not been scientifically substantiated.
Researchers Develop New MRI Technique To Better Image Lungs
A team of researchers has developed a new MRI technique using laser-polarized xenon gas, producing the "best ever" pictures taken of lungs using MRI.
Media Reps Offer Ways To Bridge Gap Between Scientists and Public
Representatives from print, radio and television media suggested a few effective methods of communicating scientific concepts to broad audiences.
Plasmas Offer Hope of Improved Environmental Clean-Up Techniques
Experimental laboratory studies of both hot and cold plasma processing of waste show promise for minimization of final waste products, and for lower costs.
MACHO Project Makes First Detection of Dark Matter in Milky Way
An international consortium of scientists has concluded that gravitational microlensing events observed in the Milky Way are related to the influence of MACHOs, and that their measurements of these objects constitute the first definite observation of dark matter.
Neutron Lifetimes Could Yield Insights into "Weak Force"
New precision measurements of the neutron lifetime could yield clues about how subatomic particles coalesced into the elements that formed our universe following the Big Bang.
New Measurements of G Deepen Uncertainties About its Value
New measurements of the Newtonian gravitational constant depart significantly from the accepted value established in the 1980s.
Book Review
AIP's Ben Stein reviews "The Third Planet" , by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy.
In Brief
Concerns are expressed about insufficient participation of the scientific community in the OECD Megascience Forum; The APS Committee on Oversight of Membership Publications has been disbanded; and three APS geographical sections held their spring meetings in April.


APS Views
Michael Lubell, APS Acting Director of Public Affairs, re-asserts the importance of the physics community's involvement in the public sphere.
Ig Nobel Participants Damage Own Credibility
Scientists Influencing Washington: Making Our Voices Heard
Former APS Congressional Fellow Laurie Father offers some pointers on dealing with Congress.
Teach the Ones You're With
Stan Jones, Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama, addresses the perception that students today aren't as prepared as students of 20 years ago.
The Back Page
Clinton Administration Priorities Hurt Fundamental Science


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