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X-rays : a tale of bones, molecules and mummies

X-rays : a tale of bones, molecules and mummies

X-rays are the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that falls between gamma rays and the ultraviolet (UV) — their wavelength is of the order 0.01−10 nanometres. What’s fascinating about them is their extremely wide range of applications, going from astronomy to art.  Read more

Interactions: Conversation with Philip Ball

Interactions: Conversation with Philip Ball

Philip Ball talks about his latest book “Beyond Weird” — an exploration of the meanings of quantum theory and a tale of a continued effort to make sense of it. Call it counter-intuitive, challenging or puzzling — just don’t call it weird.  Read more

Adventures in New York and beyond: lab visits at the Advanced Science Research Center and Princeton

Adventures in New York and beyond: lab visits at the Advanced Science Research Center and Princeton

You might think that tweeting is a waste of time, but on my recent trip to New York it got me an unexpected and very much appreciated invitation to visit the City University of New York (CUNY) Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), after I announced that I would visit a few institutions in the area to introduce the soon-to-launch journal Nature Reviews Physics to its future readers (and maybe authors). As I learned during my visit (and as you probably already know) CUNY is the largest urban university system in the US. CUNY ASRC is an initiative launched in 2008 with the aim of — according to their website — fulfil “its multi-billion-dollar commitment to becoming a national leader in visionary scientific research of vital, real-world consequence”.  Read more