I was out to dinner with the Nature crowd a few nights back, and the conversation turned to women in physics. May Chiao, one of the editors at Nature Physics, hadn’t been to the March conference for a few years and said she noticed a real change: “Women are everywhere.”
This afternoon I sat in on a well-attended session about the greatest fraud in physics history by investigative journalist Eugenie Reich. Reich has literally written the book on Jan Hendrik Schön, a Bell Labs physicist who is believed to have fabricated data in dozens of research papers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Her message in a sentence? “Don’t hate da playa, hate da game.”
Bose Einstein Condensates (BECs) are arguably the weirdest form of matter around. Basically, when you cool certain atoms to a low enough temperature, they enter a single quantum state and suddenly “collapse” into a
single point sort of a quantum super atom.
Over on his personal blog, Nature Physics editor Ed Gerstner has a very nice blog post on graphene at the March meeting. Graphene, you may remember, are atomically thin sheets of carbon that display all sorts of cool properties. At last year’s meeting Graphene took the headlines: There was lots of talk about using sheets for displays and ribbons of the stuff for transistors.
Good morning and welcome to the American Physical Society’s March 2010 meeting in beautiful Portland, OR. I walked into the convention centre this morning and was astonished to see a huge Foucault pendulum in the foyer. I wonder if they set it up all for us… … Read more
Yesterday the press got a briefing from the the team running the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Illicit Trafficking Database. The database was officially established in 1995 and is one of the few publicly available sources of information on nuclear smuggling. 108 countries voluntarily deposit information about lost, missing or stolen radiological material in the database. They do so on condition of anonymity, so the IAEA won’t say too much about where any given incidents occur. However, they do give aggrigate numbers which are in and of themselves reasonably interesting.