|Highlights from Indianapolis: Trapped Francium, Energy Alternatives, Age of the Universe, Gender Gap|
Approximately 1400 physicists assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana 2-5 May for the 1996 Joint Spring Meeting of the APS and AAPT.
|Scientists Trap Rarest Element - Francium|
Researchers at SUNY-Stony Brook have successfully trapped the world's rarest naturally occuring element, setting the stage for high-precision tabletop measurements on how the weak nuclear force manifests itself at the atomic level.
|APS E-print Server Running|
The APS is developing a World Wide Web-based system for members and other physicists to post preprints and to browse those already publicly available.
|Technological Advances May Revolutionize Medical Imaging|
New advances in medical imaging technologies could significantly revolutionize existing clinical practices by enabling non-invasive and low-radiation alternatives for diagnostic purposes.
|Two New APS Topical Groups|
At its May meeting, the APS Council and Executive Board approved the establishment of two new topical groups.
|Fighting the Gender Gap:Standardized Tests Are Poor Indicators of Ability in Physics|
Women and under-represented minorities typically score significantly lower than men on the standardized tests designed to predict performance in undergraduate and graduate physics and math courses.
|Over 100 New Isotopes Discovered with Novel Fission Method|
Scientists have produced over 100 new neutron-rich isotopes for elemebets between vanadium and rubidium at the GSI Laboratory in Darmstadt, Germany.
|Particle Beam Processing Industrial Applications|
There is burgeoning interest in the development of particle beam processing techniques for commercial applications, including electron beam processing and curing, UV FEL processing, and crystallography.
|APS Council Approves Three Statements on Energy Issues|
The APS Council approved three statements on energy-related issues at its meeting in May.
|Science Policy, Black Holes and BEC Featured at Plenary Session|
APS Past President C. Kumar N. Patel delivered his retiring presidential address during a special plenary session, followed by lectures by Lilienfeld Prizewinner Kip Throne and Carl Wieman, on black holes and Bose-Einstein condensation, respectively.
|New Cluster Data Puts Universe at 13 Billion Years|
New measurements of globular star clusters support age estimates of at least 13 billion years.
|Stockpile Stewardship, Non-Proliferation Policies Pose Challenges to Nuclear Weapons Labs|
Nuclear weapons scientists in the U.S. face a unique technical challenge in supporting national policy objectives.
|Energy Alternatives Vital To Meet Future Demands|
The world population will have to increasingly rely on all forms of energy to meet future energy demands.
AIP's Ben Stein reviews the CD-ROM versions of Stephen Hawkings' A Brief History of Time and Larry Gonick's Cartoon Guide to Physics.
|General Election Preview: Members To Choose New Leadership for 1997|
APS members will electi a vice-president, chair-elect of the Nominating Committee and four general councillors during the 1996 General Election.
The APS Lars Onsager Prize will now be awarded annually; physicist and human rights activist Liu Gang fled the People's Republic of China and arrived in the U.S. on May 1st, 1996; and the APS New England and New York State sections held their annual spring meetings in April.
|Now Appearing in RMP....|
Brief summaries of the contents of the July 1996 issue.