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Physics Today 63 (8), 8 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480092
Physics Today 63 (8), 8–10 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796340
Physics Today 63 (8), 10 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480058
Physics Today 63 (8), 10–12 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480059
Physics Today 63 (8), 10 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796317
Physics Today 63 (8), 12 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480060
Physics Today 63 (8), 12 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796321

Search and Discovery

Physics Today 63 (8), 13–14 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480062

A solid-state device catches and releases light pulses like fireflies—without killing their quantum states.

Physics Today 63 (8), 15–16 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480063

A method that efficiently produces rectangular films of graphene nearly a meter in diameter may chart a course to commercialization.

Physics Today 63 (8), 16–18 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480064

Adding an extra neutron to a nucleus with magic numbers of both neutrons and protons, and watching how it settles in, tests the shell model and can help elucidate the creation of heavy elements in supernovae.

Physics Today 63 (8), 19 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480065
Physics Today 63 (8), 19 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796326
Physics Today 63 (8), 19 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796332
Physics Today 63 (8), 19 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4796335

Issues and Events

Physics Today 63 (8), 20–22 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480067

Responding to congressional demands, a multiagency coalition wants to measure the economic, scientific, and societal benefits of federally funded basic research.

Physics Today 63 (8), 22–25 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480068

Physicists believe in science as a messenger for peace and a means to improve quality of life; but sanctions complicate international collaborations and breed aggression toward the West.

Physics Today 63 (8), 25–27 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480289

Has the climate changed for the nuclear power industry? Modular reactors may open new markets.

Physics Today 63 (8), 28–29 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480069
Physics Today 63 (8), 29 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480070
Physics Today 63 (8), 29 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480072

Articles

Physics Today 63 (8), 31–35 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480073

Classical earthquakes are easily located by triangulation. For more obscure seismic events, geophysicists are developing the trick of playing the movie backward.

Physics Today 63 (8), 36–41 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480074

From 1807 to 1811, Joseph Fourier conducted experiments and devised mathematical techniques that together yielded the first estimate of a material’s thermal conductivity. His methodology has influenced all subsequent work.

Physics Today 63 (8), 42–47 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480075

A carefully engineered coupling between light and matter could pave the way to a room-temperature Bose-Einstein condensate.

Books

Physics Today 63 (8), 49 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480077
Physics Today 63 (8), 49–50 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480078
Physics Today 63 (8), 50–51 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480079
Physics Today 63 (8), 51–52 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480080
Physics Today 63 (8), 52–53 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480081
Physics Today 63 (8), 54–56 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480083

New Products

Physics Today 63 (8), 58–60 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480084

Obituaries

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Physics Today 63 (8), 63–64 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480085
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 63 (8), 64–65 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480086
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 63 (8), 65–66 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480088

Quick Study

Physics Today 63 (8), 68–69 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480089

The ampere and other electrical units defined by international agreement are presently established through challenging experiments. A redefinition of those units based on quantum laws would enable a simpler and more reliable realization.

Back Scatter

Physics Today 63 (8), 80 (2010); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3480090
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