|Metallic Hydrogen, Magnetic Surgery Mark 1996 March Meeting|
More than 4,500 physicists gathered in St. Louis for the Society's annual March Meeting.
|Journal Embargo Policies Spark Controversy|
The APS and AIP are getting involved in the controversy surrounding the embargo policies of such journals as Science and Nature.
|Livermore Scientists Achieve Metallic Hydrogen|
The first confirmed formation of a metallic state of hydrogen was announced by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
|U.S. Science Policy Shifting in Era of Political Change|
The end of the Cold War and accelerated globalization of the American economy are shifting long-held rationales for policies on scientific research and education.
|TV Series Documents Changing Face of Science in America|
In April, Maryland Public Television aired a six-part documentary series profiling 20 contemporary African-American, Latino and Native American scientists and engineers who are making advances in biology, astronomy, physics and many other scientific disciplines.
|Magnetic System Promises to Improve Brain Surgery|
Scientists have developed a computer-controlled magnetic system for delivering therapeutic agents to the brain.
|Information Theory Provide Unified Framework for Neuroscience|
A new framework is emerging for understanding the complexities of the neural encoding of sensory information in living organism, based on information theory.
|Stochastic Resonance Can Help Improve Signal Detection|
Adding random noise to certain electronic devices and biological systems can counter-intuitively increase the detectability of signals and the transmission efficiency of information.
|Scientists Seek Further Improvements to Quantum Measurements and Standards|
Scientists continue to find ways to improve measurement techniques and devices, in such areas as better atomic clocks, measuring the mass of the kilogram, and redefining the Coulomb.
|Biosensors Provide Near-Single-Molecule Sensitivity|
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have developed a novel, high-sensitivity biosensor for such applications as environmental monitoring and clinical tests.
|Women in Physics Make Modest Gains, While Minorities Remain Level|
Over the last 30 years, the percentage of physics Ph.D.s awarded to women annually has risen from 3% to 12%, but the number received by African-Americans and Hispanics has remained level at 1%.
|Session Marks Centenary Of Discovery Of Radioactivity|
February 24th marked the 100th anniversary of the first scientific presentation by French physicist Henri Becquerel that led to the discovery of radioactivity.
|The Curies: The Very Model of Modern Spousal Collaboration|
Marie and Pierre Curie provide women scientists with a prime example of successful spousal collaboration.
|UNESCO Meeting Outlines Current and Future Practices|
An informal meeting was held in March to discuss UNESCO's science activities, current priorities and future plans.
|Physics of High and Low Level Waste Management Explored|
Public policy issues and concern over the management and disposal of high and low level radioactive waste were explored by speakers at a session sponsored by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics.
|Scientists Simulate Vortices Flowing Through Superconductor|
A new computer simulation is enabling scientists to "see" what is happening inside superconductors.
|STM Key to Positioning Individual Molecules at Room Temperature|
STMs can be used to move and precisely position specially designed individual molecules on a copper surface at room temperatures.
The 1996 Rahman Prize was awarded to Steven G. Louie of the University of California, Berkeley; Javier Solana, a solid state physicist, is the new secretary-general of NATO; and the National Research Council is undertaking a series of reassessments of all branches of physics as the foundation for a new physics survey.