APS News

April 2006 (Volume 15, Number 4)

News

'Big D' Hosts APS April Meeting
Over 1000 physicists will head to Dallas for the 2006 April meeting. The meeting will include three plenary sessions, approximately 75 invited sessions, and more than 100 contributed sessions and poster sessions, covering the latest astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics, and plasma physics.
 
Does the 'Impact Factor' Impact Decisions on Where to Publish?
Analyzing the effect of a numerical score used to rank the relative importance of scientific journals.
 
Public Event Features Lisa Randall
Harvard physicist turned author will speak at an 'evening of cosmology and string theory.'
 
APS Helps Boy Scouts Explore Nuclear Science
Division of Nuclear Physics brings merit badge criteria up to date.
 
Largest APS Prize Targets Young Physicists
The $20,000 George Valley Prize is given biennially... and it's nomination time again.
 
High Energy Physicists Hear Mixed Message from Washington Science Policy Leaders
In March, members of HEPAP met in Washington to weight current prospects for physical science funding.
 
APS Member Honored for Intelligence
Dwight Williams is among the first honored as a Director of National Intelligence Fellow.
 
Gershenfeld Hopes to Spearhead a Fab-ulous Revolution
The machines in MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms can help you make just about anything—even a Web browser for parrots.

Opinion

Letters
Discovery of Superfluidity Clarified — Numbers Off By Millions and Billions — Scientists Must Stand Together Against Intelligent Design
 
Viewpoint
James Hansen wonders, what exactly is Michael Crichton's "scientific method"?
 
Inside the Beltway
The President's pledge: America will compete!
 
The Back Page
When Worldviews Collide: Science and Religion Face off Again

Departments

This Month in Physics History
April 1935: British Patent for Radar System for Air Defense Granted to Robert Watson-Watt
 
Physics and Technology Forefronts
Multiple Disciplines converge in embedded wireless sensor networks
 
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Find the hidden physicists!

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