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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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February 27, 2015 10:42 AM

Exemplary biophysics

Studies of squid nerves, yeast reproduction, and fruit fly development epitomize what biophysicists do.
February 20, 2015 10:59 AM

Scholarly publishing and mobile phones

The characteristics of mobile phones that make them so useful remain largely unexploited by academic publishers.
February 13, 2015 9:40 AM

Physics style

An online collection of photos aims to dispel the prejudice that the physics community consists wholly of scruffy white men.
February 6, 2015 1:25 PM

From planes to trains

After World War II, Japan's best aeronautical engineers found work designing high-speed trains.
January 30, 2015 8:43 AM

From regional nuclear war to global food crisis

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could reduce grain production enough to cause widespread famine.
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.
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