The top quark, first seen just two years ago at the Tevatron, is uniquely heavy and short-lived. But its virtual presence is felt in more familiar realms -- Chris Quigg
Widely disparate themes from several decades of theoretical
physics have recently converged to become parts of a single story. The result is a still-mysterious "M-theory" that may revise our understanding of the role of quantum mechanics -- Edward Witten
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Everyone benefits when the students from a class on atmospheric measurement are drawn into a complex field project -- Stephen A. Cohn, John Hallett and Darko Koracin
Michigan State upgrade to produce intense radioactive ion beams by fragmentation technique. Very unstable nuclei produced at new facilities may yield insights into nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics concepts such as rapid proton capture in novas or rapid neutron capture in supernovas.
With new funding, antimatter research to continue at CERN.
Applied and Basic Science Meet at Electro-Optics Conference in Baltimore
CLEO/QELS 1997 on-line
At 50, Brookhaven grapples with radioactive leaks and search for new director to succeed Samios
Tritium leak delays neutron research at Brookhaven
Washington dispatches: Box-office bomb; Pulling the plug on EMFs; Science policy matters
CERN director meets science board while on collision course in Congress
Washington ins & outs
Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy averts closure. Like all publicly funded institutions in Germany, the Max Planck Society must reduce staff. The once-threatened aeronomy institute has been saved from closure, but to compensate, even more positions in other Max Planck institutes will be cut.
Elements 104-109: Soon to be named?
A physicist now heads South Korea's science ministry
AGU creates medal to honor Lehmann
Survey finds tight but volatile academic job market
Web Watch: Patents and reader suggestions
Crossword puzzle---William Shakespeare: Machine physicist by James Savage
Why would anyone major in physics? -- Robert Ehrlich
Shocks and Rocks: Seismology in the Plate Tectonics Revolution, J. Oliver (reviewed by H. Frankel)
Active Control of Vibration, C. R. Fuller, S. J. Elliott and P. A. Nelson (reviewed by J. Tichy)
Nuclear Energy: Principles, Practices and Prospects, D. Bodansky (reviewed by R. Wilson)
An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, B. W. Carroll and D. A. Ostlie (reviewed by M. Friedlander)
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