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Photon-Powered DNA Nano-Motor
June 5, 2009
First light-powered nanomotor consists of 31 base pairs of DNA.
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Black Hole May Solve Mystery
June 5, 2009
In 2006, a wandering black hole may have torn apart a star to create an object that mysteriously brightened before fading away.
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Another One-Atom-Thick Material
June 4, 2009
Boron nitride joins graphene on list of thinnest free-standing crystals.
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Stretched Neutrinos
June 4, 2009
Particles that Enrico Fermi dubbed neutrinos - little neutral ones - might stretch across billions of light years.
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Tangled Mechanical Systems
June 3, 2009
Researchers link vibrations of separated atom pairs, catching sight of a strange quantum effect called entanglement.
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String Theory Also Good For ...
June 1, 2009
String theory's math tools were designed to unlock profound secrets of the cosmos, but they could have a far less esoteric purpose.
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Programmable Matter
June 8, 2009
Researchers are on the verge of creating materials that can be programmed to alter themselves at the molecular level.
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Women Bridging Science Gap
June 2, 2009
Prospects for women scientists and engineers at major research universities have improved, but inequalities persist.
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New Executive Officer Announced

Smithsonian-Harvard Physicist Selected

Kate KirbyAfter an extensive national search, APS is pleased to announce that Dr. Kate Kirby, senior research physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy, has accepted the position of Executive Officer of APS

"Dr. Kirby will bring visionary leadership and commitment to the APS," said Dr. Cherry A. Murray, APS president. "We are thrilled at her appointment."

Dr. Kirby said she is elated about beginning her tenure at APS late July 2009.

"Having served the Society for well over two decades as a volunteer on a number of committees, the Council and Executive Board, I am excited to be joining the APS leadership team," Dr. Kirby said. "I look forward to working with APS staff and the membership to advocate for physics in the public arena and to serve the community of physicists throughout the U.S. and the world."

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APS's latest member benefit, the "Weekly NewsBrief," is a free weekly service that includes links to current physics-related news articles from many mainstream media outlets.

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Physics Graduate Education

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Which Way Forward?

Directors of Graduate Studies from 66 of U.S. PhD-granting institutions met at the American Center for Physics in February 2008 to discuss trends and practices in graduate physics programs. The final report contains recommendations that emerged from major topics of discussion and includes a section on promising practices that departments and professional societies might adopt to implement the recommendations.

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21st Century Campaign

Victory Exceeds Expectations

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American Physical Society’s 21st Century Campaign has raised $4.3 million, exceeding its goal of $3.5 million.

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