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Physics Today     04.09.2019

Getting rid of the Swedish bomb

Why do states develop nuclear weapons, and how can they be discouraged from doing so? The story of Sweden provides some insight. A nuclear aspirant in the 1950s, Sweden eventually changed its course and became one of...
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Physics Today     03.09.2019

Environmental sustainability goals drive changes in conference practices

Frequent travel is a professional norm in academia. Attending and speaking at conferences is expected of active researchers at all levels. But traveling to attend conferences can greatly expand a researcher’s carbon...
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Physics Today     01.09.2019

How strong can a hurricane get?

With its sustained winds of 185 mph, Hurricane Dorian is about as strong as an Atlantic hurricane can get. We explored the variables that determine a tropical cyclone's maximum wind speed in 2017, when Hurricane Irma...
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Physics Today     30.08.2019

Commentary: On the quality and costs of science publication

Detlef Lohse and Eckart Meiburgask ask what are the benefits and costs in the new push for Plan S, and open access. https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.4259
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Physics Today     30.08.2019

Q&A: Marylia Kelley, Lawrence Livermore watchdog

On 6 August, Marylia Kelley stood in front of the gates of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and spoke at an event commemorating the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Organizing the annual...
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Physics Today     29.08.2019

Tracking the journey of a uranium cube

In the summer of 2013, a cube of uranium two inches on a side and weighing about five pounds found its way to the University of Maryland. If the sudden appearance of the unusual metal cube wasn’t intriguing enough, it...
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Physics Today     28.08.2019

Can a huge impact explain Jupiter’s quirky core?

The core of Jupiter doesn’t look the way planetary models say it should. One possible explanation: a young Jupiter got hit head-on by another planet some 4.5 billion years ago. A new set of simulations supports that...
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Physics Today     28.08.2019

Robert Rutledge on Twitter

What has LIGO seen? Is it the first gravitational lens event by a gravitational wave detector? That’s the question running around in astronomical circles this morning. You can see some of the discussion at the twitter...
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Physics Today     27.08.2019

Why Plastic Roads Lead to a Cleaner Ocean | JSTOR Daily

What to do with all the plastic waste that humans create? Particularly in stopping the material getting into the ocean?One solution, writes Lina Zeldovich in JSTOR Daily, is to use it in roads. Bitumen and plastic...
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Physics Today     26.08.2019

Russia says radioactive isotopes released by missile test blast

More news on that radiation spike, Russia’s state meteorological service identifies 4 isotopes: strontium-91, barium-139, barium-140 and lanthanum-140. The type of isotopes mentioned raises more questions than answers...
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