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Physics Today 70 (7), 8 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3608

Readers’ Forum

Physics Today 70 (7), 10–11 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3609
Physics Today 70 (7), 12–13 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3610
Physics Today 70 (7), 13–14 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3611
Physics Today 70 (7), 14 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3612

Search and Discovery

Physics Today 70 (7), 16–19 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3613

Whether long-range magnetic order could survive in the 2D limit was an open and fundamental question. The answer is that it can, but it has some surprises in store.

Physics Today 70 (7), 19–21 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3614

Coal use in China has jumped sharply over the past 15 years. The concomitant nitrogen oxide emissions have left their subtle mark on a remote island.

Physics Today 70 (7), 21–23 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3615

Enhanced production of strange particles joins a growing body of evidence that has physicists reevaluating their assumptions about quark–gluon plasmas.

Physics Today 70 (7), 24 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3616
Physics Today 70 (7), 24 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3617
Physics Today 70 (7), 25 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3618
Physics Today 70 (7), 25 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3619
Physics Today 70 (7), 25 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3620

Issues and Events

Physics Today 70 (7), 26–28 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3621

Radio observatories are accumulating data to detect mergers of supermassive black holes.

Physics Today 70 (7), 28–31 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3622

Despite billions of dollars spent preparing to treat and stabilize liquid radioactive wastes, cleaning out leaking tanks at the former nuclear production site in Hanford, Washington, will take decades more.

Physics Today 70 (7), 32–34 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3623

A 2016 federal ruling gave graduate assistants the right to unionize. Now students on both sides of the issue are mobilizing.

Physics Today 70 (7), 34–35 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3624

Across-the-board cuts to civilian R&D programs would help pay for increased defense spending, but they face an uncertain future in Congress.

Articles

Physics Today 70 (7), 38–42 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3625

The spin Hall effect and its companion, the inverse spin galvanic effect, have evolved from topics of academic interest to efficient means for fabricating microelectronic magnetic memories.

Physics Today 70 (7), 44–50 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3626

With their hyperfine states serving as two-level qubits, atoms can be packed into closely spaced, laser-cooled arrays and be individually addressed using laser pulses.

Physics Today 70 (7), 52–58 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3627

John Scott Russell’s 19th-century theory of ship design promised speed and delivered elegance. But, ultimately, it didn’t hold water.

Physics Today 70 (7), 78–79 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3637

Perceiving pitch differences requires the brain to process complex sounds. Remarkably, three-month-old infants with immature brains can hear a wrong note in the children’s song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Books

Physics Today 70 (7), 59–60 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3628
Physics Today 70 (7), 60 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3629
Physics Today 70 (7), 61–62 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3630
Physics Today 70 (7), 62 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3631
Physics Today 70 (7), 63–65 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3632

New Products

Physics Today 70 (7), 66–68 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3633

Obituaries

In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 70 (7), 70 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3634
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 70 (7), 71–72 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3635
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 70 (7), 72 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3636

Back Scatter

Physics Today 70 (7), 80 (2017); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.3638
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