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Live streaming a radio-telescope observation of the solar eclipse
Physics Today 77 (7), 10–11 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.sfvq.qijt
Beyond the cinematic feat: Consequences Oppenheimer ignored
Physics Today 77 (7), 11 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.xasn.zlyg

Search and Discovery

Physics Today 77 (7), 12–14 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.rynr.pbvf

Capturing all the ways that an object can affect a light wave’s polarization has always been cumbersome. Now it can be done in an instant.

Physics Today 77 (7), 14–16 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.lapo.etvh

Most diamonds are formed at pressures exceeding 40 000 atm. With a new approach, nanocrystals can be grown in a liquid-metal mixture at just 1 atm.

Physics Today 77 (7), 16–18 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.vrev.smhj

The prototype medical device, whose AI-processed images show features similar to those from a typical instrument with a strong magnetic field, could increase MRI access.

Updates
Physics Today 77 (7), 19 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.uqgw.zbat

A ferroelectric device can store data at temperatures up to 600 °C for dozens of hours at a time.

Physics Today 77 (7), 20 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.uscm.aedr

Satellite measurements confirm that the sudden disappearance of mature tropical forests has a more drastic effect on local land temperature than does the gradual growth of young forests.

Physics Today 77 (7), 21 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.umfu.capb

Researchers use iodine to design smaller optical clocks for uses outside the laboratory.

Issues and Events

Physics Today 77 (7), 22–24 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.odjy.wnyj

Cost, construction time, and safety, security, and proliferation risks all figure in.

Physics Today 77 (7), 24 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.upvp.xsiu

Albert Einstein visited Cuba briefly in 1930. This past March, he came back to stay—in bronze.

Physics Today 77 (7), 25–26 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.etih.owvo

Biology and computer science activities replace the iconic radio telescope at the Puerto Rican observatory site.

Physics Today 77 (7), 26–27 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.khdd.ovmp

A small program is having a big impact on its participants.

Articles

Physics Today 77 (7), 28–33 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.irjb.ihec

Although biological energy systems and electrical grids differ in scale and are studied by different disciplines, the strategies from one system could lead to benefits for the other.

Physics Today 77 (7), 34–40 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.rrfn.dklz

For the past five years, the faculty in the department of atmospheric, oceanic, and Earth sciences at George Mason University has used a qualifying process that overcomes many of the shortcomings of traditional exams.

Physics Today 77 (7), 42–50 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.sjcv.azbb

Getting humans to Mars is difficult enough. But things won’t be any easier after they arrive: The red planet’s climate and weather are anything but friendly.

New Products

Physics Today 77 (7), 51–52 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.fwtl.vnpo

Quick Study

Physics Today 77 (7), 54–55 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.hpss.xjwb

A power-law distribution of asteroid impacts on Earth spans 13 orders of magnitude in energy. The risk is dominated by low-probability but high-consequence events.

Back Scatter

Physics Today 77 (7), 56 (2024); https://doi.org/10.1063/pt.viwx.zozl
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