APS News

March 2004 (Volume 13, Number 3)

News

Montréal Hosts Largest March Meeting in APS History
A record number of physicists will converge on Montréal for a conference that will feature more than 6000 papers on cutting-edge physics research.
 
Welcome to Montréal, Where Down is Up and the Sun Sets in the North
APS News editor Alan Chodos reminisces about his childhood home.
 
Web Lectures from San Diego Conference Now Available
Members can now access videotaped lectures from second conference on opportunities in biology for physicists.
 
Physicists Help First Responders Deal with Nuclear Safety Issues
Two nuclear physicists share their expertise by teaching radiation detection and safety classes.
 
Rules change for Valley Prize; Fluids Merge Two Awards
New eligibility criteria for Valley Prize, LaPorte Award merged with Fluid Dynamics Prize.
 
APS Executive Board: More Science Needed in NASA Decisions
Resolution calls for greater involvement of research scientists for NASA science programs.
 
Dedicated Supercomputers Probe QCD Theory
Prototype QCD on a chip tested; improved version due out this summer.
 
An Especially Elegant Universe
Behind the scenes of the NOVA production on string theory...
 
First American Physics Nobelist Paints Pretty Picture
Michelson watercolor finds its way to retired nuclear engineer.
 
Make it Your Hobby to Go Out and Lobby
Twenty-eight APS Unit Convocation attendees visit an impressive total of 72 Congressional offices.

Opinion

Letters
Millikan, Einstein, and the Birth of Relativity — Need Guidelines For Objective Evaluation — Huey is Screwy — Hydrogen Economy: Pleasant Ideas vs. Basic Science Constraints — Use Renewable Energy to Make Hydrogen
 
The Back Page
'Dirty Bombs': The Threat Revisited.

Departments

This Month in Physics History
Lens Crafters Circa 1590:The Invention of the Microscope
 
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
The Renormalization Tribute Shocks Conferees

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