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June. 22, 2011
Volume: II
Number: 24
National Society of Black Physicists    African Physical Society    South African Institute of Physics   African Astronomical Society   
Neutrino observation a step toward understanding the Big Bang
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Physicists shooting neutrinos underground 185 miles across Japan have for the first time detected muon neutrinos transforming into electron neutrinos, an observation that is a first step toward understanding why normal matter predominated over antimatter in the Big Bang that created the universe. More

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NSB seeks input on proposed merit review criteria revision and principles
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Over the past year, the National Science Board has been conducting a review of the National Science Foundation's merit review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts). At the board's May meeting, the NSB Task Force on Merit Review proposed a revision of the two merit review criteria, clarifying their intent and how they are to be used in the review process. In addition, the task force identified a set of important underlying principles upon which the merit review criteria should be based. We now seek your input on the proposed revision and principles. More

Spin flips of a single proton
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A collaboration between researchers at several institutions in Germany have for the first time ever observed spin flips of a single proton confined to a Penning trap. Their technique can be used to test the CPT theorem; that is, to make an accurate comparison of their intrinsic (spin) magnetic moments between a proton and an antiproton, which should also be identical except for sign. More

Third mechanism of superconductivity unmasked    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team of researchers have identified an electron orbital coupling mechanism for superconductivity in iron pnictides. Their work establishes the electron orbitals as a third kind of pairing glue for electron pairs in superconductors, next to lattice vibrations and electron spins. More

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String theory may hold answers about quark-gluon plasma
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Recreating the conditions present just after the Big Bang has given experimentalists a glimpse into how the universe formed. Now, scientists have begun to see striking similarities between the properties of the early universe and a theory that aims to unite gravity with quantum mechanics, a long-standing goal for physicists. "On the theory side, black hole physics looks the same as quark-gluon plasma physics," says David Mateos, a research professor at the University of Barcelona in Spain. More

Solitary atoms are stiffer than groups
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Hanging on by a thread of atoms is not as precarious as it sounds. Experiments with nanoscale "bridges" connecting two macroscopic chunks of metal show that the connection becomes stiffest when the number of atoms at the narrowest point shrinks to one. More

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South African Institute of Physics set to meet July 12-15

The South African Institute of Physics will convene its 2011 annual meeting July 12 at Pretoria's Saint George Hotel. The scientific program includes tracks in condensed matter and materials physics; nuclear, particle and radiation physics; lasers, optics and spectroscopy; astrophysics; space science; physics education; applied and industrial physics; and theoretical and computational physics.

The program also includes a winter school in computational physics and a workshop on biophysics.

The abstract submission deadline for short papers is July 4.

More information is available at the conference website.

What is a 'wrinklon'?
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A new quasiparticle called the "wrinklon" could help explain why materials as diverse as graphene and household curtains wrinkle in much the same way — despite their very different length scales. The particle has been introduced by researchers in Belgium, France and the U.S. as a result of measurements on a wide range of materials on length scales from micrometers to meters. More

FAMU awards its first female physics doctorate
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Florida A&M University — FAMU — graduate Delonia Wiggins made history during the 2010 spring commencement ceremony. Wiggins, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native became the first FAMU female student to earn a doctor of philosophy degree in physics. Wiggins' dissertation was Turbulence Physics in Laser Enhanced Laser-Induced Plasma. Dr. Wiggins' immediate career plan is to pursue medical physics and cancer research. More

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Can North Africa light up Europe with solar power?
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A plan to power Europe via massive solar arrays in the Sahara desert has already attracted billions of investment dollars. The technology seems available even if not fully mature. But skepticism remains on policy fronts. More

Regular solar cycle could be going on hiatus
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Even though the sun has been active recently as it heads towards solar maximum in 2013, three lines of evidence: A missing jet stream, slower activity near the poles of the sun and a weakening magnetic field, point to a solar cycle that may be going on hiatus. More

Magnetic fields reduce blood viscosity
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Researchers at Temple University claim that exposing a person to a magnetic field could reduce their risk of a heart attack by streamlining the flow of blood around their body. They exposed a high viscosity blood sample to a 1.3 T magnetic pulse and saw the sample's viscosity reduce first by 33 percent and then relax to value still less than the initial state after the field was turned off. In a paper accepted for publication in Physical Review E, the researchers describe how the effect is probably caused by the response of iron-rich red blood cells. More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
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Assistant/Associate Professor
South African Research Chairs
Project Officer: IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development (3 Year Contract)
Director of Physics Teaching Laboratories
Faculty Position in Theoretical Solid State Physics
AIMS Senegal Tutor/Teaching Assistant
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
National Astrophysics and Space Science Program
Visiting Professor
Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions
Director, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Latest research from Reviews of Modern Physics
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Theoretical perspective on the glass transition and amorphous materials

Microscale acoustofluidics: Microfluidics driven via acoustics and ultrasonics

Carrier dynamics in semiconductors studied with time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

Electrodynamics of correlated electron materials

Electronic transport in 2-dimensional graphene

Latest research from Reports on Progress in Physics
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A status report on the observability of cosmic bubble collisions

Diamond-based single-photon emitters

Solar radiation and human health

Bosons in high-temperature superconductors: An experimental survey

Quantum frustration in organic Mott insulators: From spin liquids to unconventional superconductors

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