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The APS Weekly NewsBrief has been gaining popularity since its inception in April of 2009. The weekly emails, to which more than 2,300 APS members now subscribe, deliver a condensed summary of the week’s physics news circulating throughout the mass media.

“It’s a compilation of news about physics that appears in the popular press,” said James Riordon, the Head of Media Relations at APS, “It’s to tell physicists who subscribe what the news is reporting about physics.”

The news briefs cover all fields of physics, and don’t exclusively focus on stories with an APS angle. Each email contains a link to the original story, plus a brief synopsis, as well as a link back to the original journal article when it stems from an article in an APS journal. Riordon said the idea is both to keep members abreast of the latest news, and also to give the scientific community insight into how the public perceives science and physics.

“I think it’s important for us to know what they think about what we’re doing,” Riordon said.

The NewsBrief is a benefit that is free to APS members, who can subscribe online.

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