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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.

October 16, 2015 11:21 AM

Electricity in the novels of George Eliot

The Victorian novelist was surprisingly fond of the adjective "electric."
October 9, 2015 10:42 AM

What else should physics undergraduates study?

Three years ago, universities in Hong Kong switched from three-year, English-style degrees to four-year, US-style degrees.
October 2, 2015 12:52 PM

Digging into diesels

Curious about the VW emissions scandal, Physics Today's online editor looks into the physics and chemistry of diesel engines.
September 25, 2015 10:50 AM

Hot physics

Bibliometric analysis identifies topics that quickly attract the interest of researchers.
September 18, 2015 11:44 AM

Meet the overlay journal

Will physicists adopt a mathematician's idea to create a refereed journal that draws its content from the arXiv preprint server?
September 4, 2015 10:21 AM

There will never come a time

To become an accomplished speaker, you need to practice.
August 28, 2015 1:47 PM

Unlimited energy

Which will be achieved first: a practical fusion generator or cheap, reliable energy for the world's poor?
August 21, 2015 11:18 AM

Endel Lippmaa

The Estonian physicist, who died last month, was in the vanguard of solid-state NMR and in winning independence for his country.
August 14, 2015 11:42 AM

Isaac Newton lived here

The great physicist spent the last three decades of his life in some of London’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
July 31, 2015 11:14 AM

Days of endless time

An exhibition of video installations emphasized contemplative perception and demonstrated the use of computer technology in art.
July 24, 2015 10:55 AM

A tale of two papers

Peer review was not the gold standard in the 1920s, nor were quantum mechanics and relativity viewed by all as the future of physics.
July 17, 2015 10:53 AM

Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!

A string of technobabble from a 1970s TV show echoed Felix Bloch’s 1936 proposal to use neutrons for studying magnetism.
July 10, 2015 9:57 AM

A cheesy mystery

At a time of technological optimism, a French cheese maker chose to label his newest product with a rocket.
July 2, 2015 11:45 AM

Who's afraid of supernormal vision?

To some writers of the past, enhancing human sight through technology was a horrifying prospect.
June 26, 2015 11:03 AM

The genesis of a TV science show

Horizon and its US offshoot Nova have been on air for decades. What accounts for their longevity?
June 19, 2015 2:26 PM

Doctor Eel

Katsumi Tsukamoto of Japan’s Nihon University uses techniques from various disciplines to elucidate the behavior of eels and their ancestors.
June 12, 2015 9:27 AM

Identifying as a physicist

An ethnographic study tracked the evolving attitudes of three physics majors toward physics as a subject and a career choice.
June 5, 2015 11:37 AM

Physics at Awesome Con

Exoplanets, SI units, and fuel-producing algae were among scientific topics featured at a comic-book convention.
May 29, 2015 11:06 AM

Kissed by a prince

Some paradigm-shifting physics papers lay dormant for decades until an advance in experimental technique revived them.
May 22, 2015 12:04 PM

Physics in the Great Depression

A historian’s look back at the 1930s has lessons for physicists in the 2010s.
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