APS News

June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

News

Chinese Human Rights Advocate Receives APS Sakharov Prize
Liangying Xu has been a lifetime advocate for democracy, free speech, and academic freedom
 
Workshop Attendees Get the Lowdown on Politics
Around 80 scientists and engineers picked up pointers on how to run for public office
 
Physics of Homeland Security is Focus of NE Section Meeting
Gamma ray detection technology among the tools of physics that might contribute to national security
 
APS Flips for PhysicsQuest
This year's grand prize winner selected by a randomly generated binary number determined by flipping a coin
 
Space Debris Still a Growing Problem
There are now more than 150 million pieces of space debris, most measuring less than 2 inches across
 
New Ways Suggested to Probe Lorentz Violation
Experimental approaches include looking for violations in cosmic microwave background polarizations, torsion warping, and tiny variations in moon's orbit
 
25th Anniversary Commemoration
APS hosted a dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the J.J. Sakurai Prize
 
Physicists Adopt Complementary Approaches in Dark Matter Search
Liquid noble gases, solid state devices cooled to cryogenic temperatures, and modified bubble chambers are all being used to look for weakly interacting massive particles
 
April Meeting Prize and Award Recipients
Group picture of prize and award recipients.
 
Major Accelerators Closing in on Elusive Higgs Particle
Physicists are fast approaching the energies and luminosities required to detect the Higgs boson

Opinion

Letters
“Easy” Course Would Provide Useful Background · Need to Educate Public About Energy
 
Inside the Beltway
Science! Who Needs It?
 
The Back Page
The pros and cons of physicists and copyright

Departments

Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
 
This Month in Physics History
June 1798: Cavendish weighs the world
 
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
"Dark Matter," music and lyrics by Jonny Berliner
 
Profiles in Versatility
After the Particles, it’s Power to the People for Physicist-turned-Politico Bill Foster
 
Focus on APS Topical Groups
Group on Plasma Astrophysics

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