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This Month in Physics History
June 1980: Vera Rubin Publishes Paper Hinting at Dark Matter
Cosmic Tumbles and Quantum Leaps at the March Meeting
At this year’s meeting in Las Vegas, circus performers embodied mind-boggling quantum concepts on the stage.
The Adler Planetarium, an APS Historic Site in Chicago, Offers Visitors a Glimpse Into the History of Astronomy
Beyond its observatory and exhibits, the Adler cares for rare artifacts — some dating back a thousand years.
This Month in Physics History
May 1962: James West and Gerhard Sessler Patent the Electret Microphone
This Month in Physics History
April 1986: Bednorz and Müller Trigger Avalanche of High-Temperature Superconductivity Research
How Do You Study Quantum Materials That Don’t Yet Exist? Ask AI.
An interview with physicist Trevor David Rhone, who tackles materials science with artificial intelligence.
Meenakshi Narain, 1964-2023
Particle physicist who was a ‘force of nature’ dies at 58.
This Month in Physics History
March 1966: The First Human-Made Object Makes Impact With Another Planet
Robert Rosner, 2023 APS President, Takes the Helm
An interview with the preeminent theoretical physicist.
This Month in Physics History
February 1947: The First Animals, Fruit Flies, Rocket Into Space and Return to Earth
Sidney Nagel Delights in Disorder
An interview with the recipient of the 2023 APS Medal.
This Month in Physics History
January 1976: From the “Oops-Leon” to the Upsilon Particle
Global Event Honors Trailblazing Nuclear Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu
Commemorating the influential physicist’s 110th birthday.
This Month in Physics History
December 1945: The ENIAC Computer Runs its First, Top-Secret Program
Undergrads Win Apker Prize for Work on Slime Mold and Black Holes
The 2022 award has gone to students in biophysics and astrophysics.
From Banking to Quantum Physics
At age 30, Michelle Lollie, APS Bridge Program graduate, abandoned her career in finance and leapt into physics.
This Month in Physics History
November 1964: John S. Bell Quietly Rings in New Era of Quantum Theory
Astroparticle Physicist Wins 2023 Valley Prize for Work on Dark Matter
As a child in Tunisia, Lina Necib watched the 1997 film “Contact” and decided to become an astrophysicist. Now at MIT, she studies dark matter’s shadowy clues.
Albert-László Barabási, Network Scientist, Wants Physicists to Connect with Wider Audiences
An interview with the recipient of the 2023 Lilienfeld Prize.
APS Announces Recipients of the Spring 2023 Prizes and Awards
APS recognizes outstanding achievement in research, education, and public service.
This Month in Physics History
October 1956: Lee and Yang Crack the Mirror of Parity
APS Announces Recipients of the Fall 2022 Prizes and Awards
Recognizing outstanding contributions to physics.
Q&A: Lia Merminga Has a Vision for Particle Physics
As a child, she played hopscotch in the Athens suburbs. Now, the Fermilab Director wants the facility to lead the world in neutrino research.
This Month in Physics History
September 2002: Schön Scandal Report is Released
Should We Build Quantum Computers at All?
A Q&A with Emma McKay, quantum physicist turned quantum skeptic.
Danielle Buggé Wants High Schoolers to “Fail Productively” in Physics
An interview with the 2022 PhysTEC Teacher of the Year.
A Particle is Born: Making the Higgs Famous
Science communicators had a field day with the 2012 Higgs discovery.
John Schiffer, 1930-2022
Schiffer, a nuclear physicist who guided his field, died at 91.
Morgan State University, SURF, Bevatron Celebrated as APS Historic Sites
Commemorating physics history, from California to Maryland.
APS Legacy Circle Profile: Cherrill Spencer
“For most of my working life as a physicist, I was the only woman in the class.”
This Month in Physics History
July 1887: James Blyth Harnesses the Wind for Electricity.
Scientists Don’t Belong on Pedestals: Interview with Science Historian Patricia Fara
“[Calling someone a genius] is the secular equivalent of saying that somebody is a saint,” says physicist-turned-historian Dr. Fara.
This Month in Physics History
June 15, 1917: Death of Kristian Birkeland, King of the Northern Lights
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of First African-American Woman to Earn Physics PhD
The life and legacy of Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore, who made physics history more than once.
I’m the New Editor of APS News, and I’m Excited for What Comes Next
Taryn MacKinney will lead APS News. What stories do you want to read?
APS 2022 Distinguished Lecturer, Sufi Zafar, Says Physicists Should Explore New Fields
Sufi Zafar taught herself biology. That was just the first step.
For the 2022 APS Congressional Science Fellow, Science and Diversity Are Partners for the Common Good
Thomas Plumb-Reyes is this year’s APS Congressional Science Fellow
This Month in Physics History
May 24, 1686: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and the Birth of Precision Thermometry
Tom Gaisser, 1940-2022
Particle physicist who calculated cosmic rays dies at 81.
Q&A with Michael Ramsey-Musolf, Advocate for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Physics
When Ramsey-Musolf faced challenges as an out gay physicist, he embraced advocacy.

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