News of the Institute
US physics research and education are in good shape but are having some growing pains, according to the recently‐issued Pake report. There are problems in administration, manpower utilization, advanced degrees, applied research and, most of all, financial support. The current budget squeeze is too tight; expenditures should increase by at least 21% a year until 1970.
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain in southern England, has been a mystery for centuries. Some have thought it was a pagan temple, others that it was a monument to slaughtered British chieftains. Legends invoked the power of Merlin to explain how the stones were brought to their present location. Recent studies indicate that Stonehenge may have been an astronomical observatory and eclipse computer.
To maintain the nation's scientific advancement, we must have a viable three‐way research partnership among the national laboratories the universities and the federal government. The author explores the workings of this partnership, particularly as it applies to the Alamas Scientific Laboratory
Study of collisions among electrons, ions and atoms has turned into a spectroscopy as investigators use greater energy ranges, finer resolution and more versatile theory. Among topics of current interest are ionic excitations, fine structure in ion‐atom scattering and the role of excited particles in collisions.