NBSP Industry Update
Aug. 31, 2011

The cutting-edge physics of a crumpled paper ball
Take a piece of paper. Crumple it. Before you sink a three-pointer in the corner wastebasket, consider that you've just created an object of extraordinary mathematical and structural complexity, filled with mysteries that physicists are just starting to unfold.More

Anti-nanotechnology group behind bombings of Mexican scientists
Science Development Network
Recent bomb attacks targeting Mexican scientists have been orchestrated by a radical group that opposes nanotechnology and may be planning further attacks against individual scientists, according to its manifesto. Two professors were injured while opening a package containing a home-made bomb at one of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education campuses in Mexico in August. The group has published a 5,400 word manifesto, which claims that nanotechnology research will cause "the Earth [to] become a grey goo in which intelligent nano-machines will rule." More

CERN study gives insight into cloud formation
Are cosmic rays from deep space and the sun responsible for creating clouds in the Earth's atmosphere and changing the climate? Scientists working on this issue at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, have presented initial results suggesting cosmic rays have an effect on cloud formation but found no proof they drive climate change. More

Firing laser beams into the sky could be used to create rainfall
Using a mobile femtosecond–Terawatt laser system, a team of physicists in Switzerland and Germany have created water droplets in outside air under a wide variety of atmospheric conditions. The results are reported in Nature Communications. The technique, called laser-assisted water condensation, could one day unlock the secrets of weather cycles and enable humans to decide where and when it rains.More

5 myths about earthquakes
The Washington Post
Susan Hough, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, puts the recent U.S. East Coast earthquake in perspective.More

LHC results put supersymmetry theory 'on the spot'
Researchers have failed to find evidence of so-called "supersymmetric" particles, which many physicists had hoped would plug holes in the current theory. Theorists working in the field have told BBC News that they may have to come up with a completely new idea. Data were presented at the Lepton Photon science meeting in Mumbai, India. More

Particle accelerators help develop new cancer fighting drug
Symmetry Magazine
X-ray light sources are the ultimate app for particle physics. Plexxikon Inc. received Food and Drug Administration approval Aug. 17 for Zelboraf (vemurafenib), a groundbreaking new drug treatment for malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Plexxikon used the X-ray light sources at Argonne National Lab as well as two other U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories — SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — to determine the specific, three-dimensional protein structure of a mutated enzyme that tells melanoma cancer cells to multiply uncontrollably.More

Pioneer anomaly fades
American Physical Society
Analysis of newly retrieved navigational data for the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft suggests that an anomalous acceleration in their motion is steadily decreasing, pointing to asymmetric radiation of heat as the likely cause, rather than the more exotic explanations previously proposed. More

Don't panic about the missing Higgs — for now
New Scientist
The world's most-wanted particle continues to elude the world's most powerful particle accelerator. A sign that the elusive Higgs boson doesn't exist? Not so fast. For now, there are good reasons to assume the Higgs is just hiding. "In a sense, these [latest] results from the LHC are not surprising," Nobel prize-winner Frank Wilczek, MIT, said. "It would have been very embarrassing for 'supersymmetry' and the properties of the particles we know about if the Higgs had been discovered in the range of masses that have [now] been explored." More

Los Alamos achieves world-record pulsed magnetic field, moves closer to 100-tesla mark
By achieving a magnetic field just short of 100 tesla, researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world record for the strongest magnetic field produced by a nondestructive magnet. Such a powerful nondestructive magnet could have a profound impact on a wide range of scientific investigations, from how to design and control material functionality to research into the microscopic behavior of phase transitions.More

Did Einstein discover E = mc2?
Physics World
Who discovered that E = mc2? It's not as easy a question as you might think. Scientists ranging from James Clerk Maxwell and Max von Laue to a string of now-obscure early 20th-century physicists have been proposed as the true discoverers of the mass–energy equivalence now popularly credited to Einstein's theory of special relativity. Two physicists have now shown that Einstein's famous formula does have a complicated and somewhat ambiguous genesis — which has little to do with relativity.More

What influences how children learn about science?
Ars Technica
Right off the bat, it's clear that there just isn't enough time spent on science during early education. In a study of Midwestern preschools, less than 5 percent of classroom time was devoted to any type of scientific activities. Preschool age may sound too early to start learning about science, but research has shown that preschoolers are intellectually and developmentally ready to understand basic scientific concepts. More

Algeria gears up for National Festival in Astronomy
Sirius Astronomy Association
Algerian astronomers invite worldwide participation in the country's 10th National Festival on Popular Astronomy, Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The gathering is both an astronomy exposition and a series of seminars and workshops geared to the general public. The festival has grown to be the largest multinational gathering of its kind in North Africa and even perhaps in Africa. This year's theme is "50 Years of Space Exploration." To encourage more participants, especially from Africa, full local accommodation and participation fees will be covered.More

Milky Way stars born from intergalactic gas
Physics World
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope may have solved the mystery of how the Milky Way continues to spawn new stars at a consistent rate despite its diminishing gas reserves. They say the galaxy is being supplied by clouds of gas originating from outside of the Milky Way, and that these findings could help refine our knowledge of galaxy evolution. More

How fast is falling rain?
A random fact was read recently that said the "average rain drop falls at 17mph." Is that reasonable?More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
Director, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Assistant Professor Physics and Astronomy
Research Experiences in Astronomy for Undergraduate Students
Assistant Professor, Condensed Matter Physics
Multiple Faculty Positions in the Area of Organic Photovoltaics
Multiple Faculty Positions area of Organic Photovoltaics Nuclear Power Safety Organizing Intern
JR Faculty Search - Expt Low Energy Nuclear Physics
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Auburn University Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Space Physics
Assoc. SRF Group Leader (Sr. Research Assoc)
Assistant Professor — Nanoscience Biophysics — UPenn
4 Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Experimental and Computational Condensed Matter Physics
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow
South African Research Chairs
Project Officer: IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development (3 Year Contract)
Faculty Position in Theoretical Solid State Physics
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors

Advice for graduate students
Inside Higher Education
Steven Stearns offers some insight and advice for graduate students. Know thyself and know thy advisor. More

More advice for graduate students
Inside Higher Education
So much comes down to good writing skills. Steven Stearns offers some tips on how to write well and write strategically. More

Overcoming the imposter syndrome
At one time or another nearly every graduate student and new faculty member wonders about his or her competence. This is a common fear often referred to as the impostor syndrome. The impostor syndrome runs rampant in academia — and women are especially prone to it. How do you get over the impostor syndrome? Easier said than done. More

Ready. Set. Go. Transitioning from college to graduate school
Compared to your undergraduate education, graduate school is faster paced. Professors expect a lot of work to be done, and there's a lot less hand-holding. MoreMore

Latest research from Econophysics Forum
Econophysics Forum
Global and Local Features of Semantic Networks: Evidence from the Hebrew Mental Lexicon

Eigenvector dynamics: Theory and some applications

About the nonrandom Content of Financial Markets

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Proceedings of the Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists
American Institute of Physics

  • Causal Structures of Dynamic Black Holes
  • Differentiating the underrepresented: Physics opportunities for Bronx High School Students in a University Setting
  • Advances and Challenges in Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction
  • Numerical Cosmology: Building a Dynamical Universe
  • High Tc Superconductivity In Semiconductors Doped With Jahn-Teller Ions
    Astrophysics in Southern Africa
  • Self Organizing Systems and the Research Implications for Biological Systems
    The Fascinating World of Neutron Stars
  • Gravity, Geometry and the Quantum
  • Problem Solving and Learning
  • Formation of African Easterly Waves and Mesoscale Convective Systems over Eastern Africa and its Implication to Tropical Cyclogenesis over Eastern Atlantic Ocean

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