Covering the people in the physics community and their activities through conference reports, profiles, and interviews.
Employers are increasingly turning to LinkedIn and other social media to identify and assess new hires.
Bothered by the dearth of women in her profession, Debbie Sterling decided to do something about it.
A new app aims to guide users through the rich, diverse, and sometimes confusing world of subatomic particles.
A police drama set in present-day and near-future Vancouver exploits the possibility of jumping back and forth in time.
Career consultant Alaina Levine offers practical advice on how to build and use professional networks.
Secretly recorded conversations of Nazi Germany's nuclear scientists inspired David Cassidy's new play.
Six physical scientists talk about how they cope with travel that is both disruptive to family life and professionally rewarding.
New techniques for measuring, simulating, and modifying biological systems were the subjects of the forum's fourth and final session.
The forum's third session was devoted to the big industrial potential of tiny electronic devices.
Basic science, the wellspring of technology, was the topic of the second session at this year's forum.
Speakers from DARPA, NASA, Fraunhofer, and Texas Instruments kicked off the latest forum, whose theme was physics and the future economy.
Venturing outside the world of academic physics to look for a job is not as daunting as you might think.
A new book sets out to demonstrate the richness and sophistication of medieval science.
MoMath founding director Glen Whitney hopes that the fun and wonder experienced by museum visitors will pique their interest in the math behind how things work.
Time-lapse imagery of glaciers turns their documenters into climate-change activists.
The eminent physicist's TV documentary about aliens, time travel, and the history of the universe earns the praise of Physics Today's special reviewer, eight-year-old Jodie Sovereign.
The tools of physics have many applications—from electing a president to processing credit cards.
Which items on Physics Today's website were the most popular in 2012?
Physics, math, and materials science feature in a comic book series whose three main characters are strong, attractive women.
On 1 January 2013, Zalewska takes the reins of the lab's governing body for a one-year, twice-renewable term, succeeding France's Michel Spiro.
A former nuclear physicist and investment banker now represents the district of Kingston and the Islands, Ontario, in Canada's House of Commons.
Quantum physics endows the main character in a new comic book series with the ability to travel back and forth through time.
Transnational moves, manual labor, and run-ins with terrorists have characterized the life and career of Mutsumi Ishitsuka.
Lars Bildsten steps into the top job of a KITP that is in good shape. His first big challenge is to raise money for and oversee the construction of a new residence for visitors.
The film shows how people rallied to save NASA's iconic space observatory from termination.
One underlying theme of the forum was that the developed world also benefits from developing-world initiatives to improve access to scientific equipment, increase the quality of education, and engineer low-cost technologies.
At the 2012 Industrial Physics Forum in Trieste, Italy, the condensed-matter physicist drew on experiences from his multifaceted career in his overarching talk on energy technology, innovation, and science policy.
Organizers hope that the "action planning" breakout sessions on the forum's last day will lead to scientifically based capacity building projects in the developing and emerging countries from which many of the invited attendees hail.
Outgoing director of the Latin American Center for Physics discusses the center's focus, the ways in which the center helped him personally, and the challenges ahead.
A plasma physicist marries ancient music with recordings of our solar system's hissing, whistling, chirping, crackling, and howling.
Earning a bachelor's degree in physics and a PhD in astronomy is even more challenging when you've been raising a daughter since your sophomore year.
Books editor Jermey Matthews picks his five favorite books that were reviewed last year in the pages of Physics Today.
The electrical grid needs to keep up with demand, become more efficient and robust, and handle intermittent sources of energy.
A team from IBM aims to improve the energy density of car batteries. A team from GM aims to turn the waste heat from a car's exhaust gases into electricity.
Materials science can help nuclear reactors run more safely and efficiently, produce less harmful waste, and last longer
Sustainable energy is the theme of the latest Industrial Physics Forum, which is being held in Nashville, Tennessee, in conjunction with the annual meeting of AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing.
One of the most successful x-ray observatories ever launched reentered Earth's atmosphere on 23 October.
Books editor Jermey Matthews looks back at the reviews of five books on dark energy that have appeared in the pages of Physics Today since 2000.
A team from Abou-Bekr Belkaid University in Algeria has designed an environmentally friendly house that is cheap to build, cool and heat.
Bianca Dittrich is among the first of many new faces to populate Canada's Perimeter Institute as it expands toward its goal of becoming the world's largest center for theoretical physics.
A conference this summer examined the financial, technical, and political issues that must be addressed before offshore wind farms can become a viable source of renewable energy.
An advanced seismic imaging technique has provided a more detailed picture of mantle structure beneath the Hawaii islands, but it hasn't resolved how the islands formed.
Magnetic field data collected by NASA's Galileo contains evidence of the magma sea.
With a strict schedule, chutzpah, determination, and focus, a nontraditional student takes on physics—and a lot of other things.
At the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Don Dingwell, the EGU president, introduced the session on the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake as the geoscientific community's way of paying respect and expressing condolences to the victims of March's seismic events.
At the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union, several experts spoke about climate change in alpine regions.
Surface activity at Mount Stromboli has been recorded in detail for a thousand years. The resulting wealth of data provided ample material for a discussion at the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.
When it rains, it pours. But where and how much it pours over China, North and South Korea, and Japan during the East Asian summer monsoon (EASM) is changing.
One of the most recent and promising commercial applications of superconductor electronics is a wideband telecommunications receiver.
Power generation and storage hold a tremendous amount of promise as areas of application for room-temperature superconductors.