Getting water out of your ears, cycling in echelons, and sailing physics

Get your summer sports kick with a peek at some of the latest research on sailing aerodynamics, cycling groups, and getting that pesky water unstuck from your ear after swimming!…

Calling all postdocs … find out more about the MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize

Professional societies, such as the Materials Research Society (MRS), are making strides toward helping postdoctoral researchers in their careers. MRS has instituted postdoctoral awards and other opportunities to engage postdocs, including involvement in various volunteer activities within MRS, publications, and conferences.

Storing Energy: The race for sustainable solutions

One of the biggest challenges facing the energy sector is how to store our energy when it’s not being used so that we can satisfy the peaks and troughs of our daily energy demands.…

Materials Science to Empower Quantum Information Technologies

Quantum materials have exotic physical properties that arise from quantum mechanical or topological properties of their electrons. These materials display novel surface properties, magnetic effects, and optical properties, and are expected to lead to, for example, qubits with enhanced coherence times and sensors with unprecedented accuracy.

Quantum Field Theory for Economics and Finance

Author Belal Baaquie discusses his new book: Quantum Field Theory for Economics and Finance: "Quantum field theory (QFT) has been my primary domain of research. I was inspired to look beyond its applications in physics by the work of K. G. Wilson, who applied QFT to the classical phenomenon of phase transitions. I was convinced that uncertainty in the social sciences could also be similarly modeled by QFT".

On the Cover of HPL: Electromagnetic Pulse control and characterization on high-power laser systems

As laser facilities have grown in size and power, understanding how electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) are generated has become an issue of great practical importance.…

Professor Holger Babinsky introduces himself as the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Aeronautical Journal

It is an enormous honour for me to take over from Professor Peter Bearman as Editor-in-Chief of the world’s oldest aeronautics journal.…

Q&A with Tünde Fülöp

Professor Tünde Fülöp, of the Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, the newly appointed editorial board member of the Journal of Plasma Physics, participates in a Q&A with the Journal.

On the Cover of HPL: Research on cleanliness optimization of multisegment disk amplifier based on vectorized flow mode

Rigorous cleanliness on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is essential to assure that 99.5% optical efficiency is maintained on each of its 192 beam lines by minimizing obscuration and contamination-induced laser damage.” said James A. Pryatel and William H. Gourdin from Akima Infrastructure Services and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In memory of Prof. Zunqi Lin

Prof. Zunqi Lin, co-editor-in-chief of HPL, passed away aged 76 in Shanghai, China, on 28th May. He was one of the pioneers of inertial confinement fusion science in China, and a well-respected scientist in high power laser from Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics. He was elected the academician of CAS in 2003.

We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of the direct evidence of a civilization—its artifacts and remains—gets ground to dust. How do we really know, then, that there weren’t previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long before human beings appeared? It’s a compelling thought experiment, and one that Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, and Gavin Schmidt, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, take up in a paper published in the International Journal of Astrobiology.

The end of the universe

Manu Paranjape, author of The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations, discusses the potential end of the universe. Recently, reports in the media have warned that our universe could be destroyed abruptly in a collision with a bubble of negative energy, and that the process may have already started!…