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Physics Today's Web Watch
PhysicsWeb was launched in
December 1997 by the UK's Institute
of Physics. At present it offers ten services, including weekly news;
book reviews; job, conference and product listings; PEERS, the Physics
Encyclopaedia of E-mail Records (a searchable directory of physicists'
e-mail addresses); links to resources on the Web such as patents sites
and software archives; and a WebWatch section
(hmmm . . . ). Access
is unrestricted until April. After that, some features will be limited
to members of IOP, subscribers to Physics World and
subscribers to PhysicsWeb itself.
American Institute of Physics. Lest
auld acquaintance be forgot,
the recently redesigned AIP Web site also carries job and conference
listings; physics news (including an archive of every Physics
Update back to issue number 1 in 1990); Science
Report Radio (two-minute
reports that may be listened to with RealAudio or viewed in text);
bulletins and newsletters on science
policy, physics education and
the history of physics; education statistics; on-line publications;
and much more. A lot of the site is
freely available, but some areas
require a subscription.
Physicists on the
Money. This page displays 17 physicists on
banknotes that range in face value from 1 pound for an Isaac Newton
to 5 million dinars for a Nikolai Tesla. You have to wonder about
the exchange rates.
Custom News is a
new service from the National Science Foundation.
signing up, you can set a profile that will customize a Web page to
display NSF news releases, bulletins and reports in the categories
of interest to you. You can also have e-mail sent to you either automatically
whenever a new item matches your profile or weekly in the form of
a summary of new documents.