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In his weekly essays, Online Editor Charles Day muses about topics that touch on the scientific, social, and historical aspects of physics and its related sciences.

September 12, 2014 11:28 AM

Our first online seminar

How do bacteria decide where to swim and what to eat? To find out, join Physics Today’s Google Hangout on Tuesday, 23 September.
September 5, 2014 11:16 AM

Control and creativity

Computer programming is not only scientifically useful; it can also be inspiring.
August 29, 2014 10:52 AM

Rutherford, Bohr, and the rise of Nature

Publishing short letters in a weekly magazine helped Ernest Rutherford establish priority for his string of nuclear discoveries.
August 22, 2014 11:45 AM

The mystery of the broken SmarTrip card

It can be fun and edifying to tackle open-ended physics problems.
August 8, 2014 1:10 AM

A quiet revolution

The 1970s were a time of economic woe, political turmoil, and flourishing particle physics.
August 1, 2014 2:00 AM

Physics at San Diego Comic-Con International IV

The annual celebration of popular culture features superheroes, anime characters, zombies—and physics.
July 25, 2014 11:30 AM

The Federal Bureau of Physics

Twisting the laws of physics is often the main ingredient in science fiction. Can such twisting profitably serve other ends?
July 18, 2014 2:22 AM

Toward time-resolved electron diffraction

Combining ultrafast lasers with ultracold atoms yields a novel electron source for microscopy.
July 11, 2014 4:06 PM

Small-town physicists

When it comes to higher education, students from China’s towns and villages are falling behind their big-city peers.
July 3, 2014 12:34 PM

Venturing abroad

An article from 50 years ago urged physicists to pay extended visits to developing countries. Its lessons remain relevant.
June 27, 2014 1:50 PM

How the electric eel got his zap

A new experiment reveals the genomic basis for the evolution of electric organs.
June 20, 2014 12:45 PM

Valyrian steel and nuclear nanotech

The use of nanoparticles to boost the properties of metals has a long history, both real and imagined.
June 13, 2014 11:07 AM

Where's my flying journal?

Despite digital innovations, the peer-reviewed scientific paper has changed little in the past century.
June 6, 2014 11:56 AM

Freedom and physics

Autocracies tend to be poorer than democracies. Are they also worse at physics?
May 30, 2014 10:35 AM

Yesterday's house of tomorrow

A confluence of factors brought passive solar heating and modern architecture together in post–World War II America.
May 22, 2014 1:34 PM

Engaging astrologers

Scientists should listen respectfully to the public's possibly mistaken ideas and seek to reach a common understanding.
May 16, 2014 1:44 PM

Sixteen startups

Young energy companies from around the world compete for prize money in Washington, DC.
May 9, 2014 3:49 PM

The psychohistory of scientific evolution

Can the success of an emerging technology be predicted on the basis of how often it’s mentioned in books?
May 2, 2014 10:11 AM

A museum of science fiction

To what extent does science fiction inspire children to take an interest in science itself?
April 25, 2014 10:17 AM

App-scale science

Internet startups and research proposals are evaluated, funded, and managed in similar ways.
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