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Physics World reveals its top 10 breakthroughs for 2010
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The work of two teams at CERN that stably isolated antihydrogen wins top honors as the Breakthrough of the Year as judged by Physics World magazine. The other nine top breakthroughs are as follows:

2. Exoplanet atmosphere laid bare
3. Quantum effects seen in a visible object
4. Visible-light cloaking
5. Hail the first sound lasers
6. A Bose–Einste in condensate from light
7. Relativity with a human touch
8. Dynamic holograms from a photorefractive polymer
9. Proton is smaller than we thought
10. CERN achieves landmark collisions

Optogenetics: Controlling cell function with light
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Nature Methods' choice of Method of the Year 2010 is optogenetics for its capacity to control cell function with light. A series of articles and a video describe how optogenetics has revolutionized the way experiments are conducted in neuroscience and showcase the potential the method has for the study of many signaling pathways in cell biology. More

Science's Breakthrough of the Year: The first quantum machine
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Until this year, all human-made objects have moved according to the laws of classical mechanics. Back in March, however, a group of researchers designed a gadget that moves in ways that can only be described by quantum mechanics. In recognition of the conceptual ground their experiment breaks, the ingenuity behind it and its many potential applications, Science has called this discovery the most significant scientific advance of 2010. Advances in classical and quantum simulations, exoplanet astronomy, precision cosmology, Mars planetary science, metamaterials and climate change round out the contributions by physicists and astronomers to the most significant scientific advances of 2010. More

LHC spots no black holes, eliminates some versions of string theory
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The results continue to pour out of the LHC's first production run. Recently, the folks behind the CMS detector have announced the submission of a paper to Physics Letters that describes a test of some forms of string theory. If this form of the theory were right, the LHC should have been able to produce small black holes that would instantly decay (and not, as some had feared, devour the Earth). But a look at the data obtained by CMS shows that a signature of the black holes' decay is notably absent. More

Dark matter rush: Physics gives gold mine new life
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The gold rush glow has long faded from South Dakota, but a different kind of precious material is drawing crowds to the Black Hills. An old mine that produced billions of dollars in gold may be North America's best shot at finding dark matter. Until it closed in 2002, the Homestake Mine, was the oldest, largest and deepest mine in the western hemisphere. That tremendous depth makes Homestake the perfect hunting ground for rare, elusive particles that stubbornly refuse to interact with the rest of the world, like neutrinos and hypothetical particles that could explain dark matter. More

But NSF has taken some life out of the project
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After two years and a $29 million award to the University of California, Berkeley to design and prepare the way for Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL), the National Science Board has refused to continue to fund the project, which was expected to be built in the Homestake former goldmine near Lead, S.D., at an eventual cost of $800 million–$900 million. The money awarded to Berkeley proved to be inadequate as problems arose with ensuring that the mine shafts would be safe for scientists to access, and with pumping groundwater from the aging mine. Requests for an additional $29 million to address these problems were refused. More

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Call for NSBP volunteers for American Institute of Physics committees
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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has several committees that serve the physics community. AIP continues to strive for more diverse representation on all its committees, and is particularly interested in identifying younger, newer, women and minority members of the physics community to serve on its committees. The various AIP committees and their member rosters are available here. All interested NSBP members are encouraged to submit a nomination form by e-mail to or fax to 703.536.4203. More

Reminder: Nominations sought of US delegation to 4th IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics
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The U.S. team leaders invite you to apply to become a member of the U.S. delegation to the 4th International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) International Conference on Women in Physics in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference will feature discussion of progress and challenges in increasing the numbers and advancement of women in physics around the world. The convention will highlight exciting physics frontiers and feature successful strategies for attracting girls to physics, which will help young women launch physics careers and promote more women into leadership. More

The contributions of women to astronomy and space exploration
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The list of women who have contributed to the world of astronomy and space, whether as scientists, scientist astronauts, medical doctors or military officers who command or fly spacecrafts is lengthy, and the contributions of these courageous women are, and have been vitally important. Though NSBP members Barbara Williams and the late Beth Brown are mentioned, there are many more that should be mentioned including Dr. France Cordova and Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a keynote speaker at the 2009 NSBP/NSHP conference. More

Mentor program will introduce girls to physics
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Middle and high school students in the western Massachusetts region near the New York border met and trained with working professionals in preparing to launch a newly expanded GIRLS! Science Club series in schools near Pittsfield, Mass. The eight-week program, which starts in January and runs through March, will be offered to students for free as part of the Young Women in Science program developed by the Flying Cloud Institute in New Marlborough, Mass. About 96 girls are expected to participate in the program. More

Astronomer alleges religious discrimination by the University of Kentucky
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An astronomer argues that his Christian faith and his peers' belief that he is an evolution skeptic kept him from getting a prestigious job as the director of MacAdam Student Observatory at the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. Martin Gaskell quickly rose to the top of a list of applicants being considered by the university's search committee. One member said he was "breathtakingly above the other applicants." More

The Physics of Christmas
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The Physics of Christmas is a book that will delight those interested in both Christmas and physics. Roger Highfield writes in an entertaining tone and deals with the subject in an engaging fashion. The book not only covers legends surrounding Santa, but also the historical context of the Christmas story, the science behind creating the Christmas meal, the psychology of holiday cheer (and depression), and other aspects of the holiday. More

In memoriam: Okkie de Jager (1961—2010)
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Prof Okkie de Jager of the Center for Space Research of North-West University lost his valiant battle against cancer Dec. 14, at the age of 49. He was a giant in the South African astronomy community and in the field of gamma-ray astrophysics. His work included theoretical work, data analysis, instrument design and also innovative astro-technologies. He remained active until the day that he was admitted to hospital for the last time, less than two weeks before his death.

Ocker Cornelis de Jager was born April 9, 1961, in Pretoria, South Africa. He completed his Matric in Parys, Free State, and his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Potchefstroom University for CHE (now North-West University). In 1987 he completed his Ph.D in physics with a thesis entitled "The analysis and interpretation of VHE gamma-ray measurements" under the supervision of Professor Christo Raubenheimer.

He was appointed as junior lecturer in 1984 at the then Potchefstroom University, research scientist in 1985, senior research scientist in 1988, associate professor in 1994 and was promoted to professor in 1996. Professor De Jager established himself in the field of gamma-ray astrophysics during the early years of his career and was awarded the President's Award of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa twice for his contributions to this field of research.

In 1991 he won the competitive National Research Council Research Associateship, which enabled him to complete a postdoctoral research associateship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. There he worked with Dr. Alice Harding, and they were the first to develop a relatively accurate procedure to predict the high-energy to very high-energy gamma-ray spectrum of the Crab Nebula. Subsequent gamma-ray observations confirmed the predicted gamma-ray fluxes. He also worked with Dr. Floyd Stecker of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and they were the first to predict the cosmic horizon for very high energy gamma-rays from active galactic nuclei with relative accuracy.

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa offers bursaries on the Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels for students studying in Theoretical Physics or a closely related discipline. These bursaries are available at all South African tertiary institutions. The application deadline date is Jan. 10. Click here for more information.

Experimental Plasma Physics in Fusion Science
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Summer Research Associate
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Physics Faculty Position RIT
Director, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics
Homeland Security 2011 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students
Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics/Cosmology
Physicist, Chemist, or Chemical Engineer
Summer Researcher
The CERN Summer Student Program
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
CERN Technical Student Program
Assistant Professor - Dept. of Physics
Summer Research Intern
Tenure Track Faculty Assistant/Associate/Full
Research Experience for Undergraduates

APS journals Free to Read
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Decreasing the Grain Boundary Diffusivity in Binary Alloys with Increasing Temperature

Direct Observation of Multiple Pathways of Single-Stranded DNA Stretching

Magnetotransport properties of InMnSb magnetic semiconductor thin films

Channel saturation and conductance quantization in single-atom gold constrictions

Relaxation Dynamics at Different Time Scales in Electrostatic Complexes: Time-Salt Superposition


Latest research from the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
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ΔΓd: a forgotten null test of the standard model

Non-boost-invariant motion of dissipative and highly anisotropic fluid

Non-thermal leptogenesis in supersymmetric 3-3-1 model with inflationary scenario

Charmless B → PP, PV, VV decays based on the six-quark effective Hamiltonian with strong phase effects: I

Two-neutron halo nuclei in one dimension: dineutron correlation and breakup reaction

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