The Dayside

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.


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January 23, 2015 10:11 AM

Trivial implausibility

Despite a manifestly unscientific plot element, the comic series The Wake is a compelling read and a visual feast.
January 16, 2015 10:53 AM

For students by students

The American Meteorological Society kicks off its annual meeting with rich, engaging conferences for students and early-career professionals.
January 9, 2015 10:08 AM

Modern computing—in 1949

An article published 65 years ago introduced the readers of Physics Today to the practice and promise of computational science.
December 19, 2014 12:20 PM

Popularizing condensed-matter physics

Even when it lacks technological applications, the basic science of materials can be made appealing to nonspecialists.
December 12, 2014 11:01 AM

The power of encouragement

Despite their family-friendly policies, Nordic countries are no better than the US at promoting female physics professors.
December 5, 2014 11:56 AM

Living dangerously?

Building a home near a toxic waste dump or an earthquake fault zone might be worth the risk.
November 26, 2014 10:12 AM

Reason the need!

Spinoffs from applied research can result in unexpected and highly profitable sidelines.
November 21, 2014 9:20 AM

Pollution versus prosperity

Radar altimetry reveals a threat to marine ecosystems and a boom in maritime trade.
November 14, 2014 9:51 AM

Doing the things that no one can imagine

The Imitation Game follows the triumphant and tragic life of a pioneering mathematician.
November 7, 2014 2:20 PM

The end of life on Earth as we know it

A science fiction movie’s doomsday scenario is plausible but mistimed.
October 31, 2014 1:58 PM

The threat of sea-level rise

If a region's coasts and hinterlands are valuable, its government should plan for sea-level rise.
October 24, 2014 9:45 AM

Why Facebook should hire astronomers

Is it necessary to manipulate people to study their responses to a range of conditions?
October 17, 2014 10:29 AM

An archive of first resort

The 23-year-old arXiv eprint server continues to complement peer-reviewed journals.
October 10, 2014 9:55 AM

Women in physics—a view from 1948

One of Physics Today’s first articles advocated physics as a college major and a career for women.
October 3, 2014 9:48 AM

Nobel predictions for 2014

Physics Today’s online editor tries to guess who might win all six of this year’s prizes.
September 26, 2014 11:05 AM

Why countries should diversify their research portfolios

Scientifically successful nations, even small ones, tend to conduct research in a broad range of fields.
September 19, 2014 1:22 PM

Continental drift, climate change, and evolution

How did flowering plants come to dominate Earth’s landscapes within a span of just 50 million years?
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.
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