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New Report on Industrial Physics and its Role in the US Economy

American Physical Society (APS)

A new APS report, “The Impact of Industrial Physics on the U.S. Economy,” shows the significant role of physics, which contributed an estimated $2.3 trillion (12.6 percent of U.S. GDP) in 2016 alone. Industrial physics encompasses the application of physics knowledge and principles to the design and manufacture of products and services. Many people working within this field have job titles other than physicist, so this report includes all aspects of industrial physics contributions.

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22-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708636

The Treatment Plenary at the International Conference on Eating Disorders to Address the Evidence for Short-Term Treatments for Eating Disorders

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

The Treatment Plenary at the International Conference on Eating Disorders to address the evidence for short-term treatments for eating disorders

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25-Feb-2019 3:40 PM EST
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    6-Mar-2019 2:30 PM EST

Article ID: 708545

New Surprises from Jupiter and Saturn

American Physical Society (APS)

The latest data from the giant planets has sent researchers back to the drawing board. Cassini orbited Saturn for 13 years before its dramatic final dive into the planet’s interior, while Juno has been orbiting Jupiter for two and a half years; the data collected has been “invaluable but also confounding,” said David Stevenson from Caltech, who will present an update of both missions at the 2019 APS March Meeting in Boston. Innovative design that protected the instruments from fierce radiation and powered the mission on solar energy alone has reaped plenty of surprises.

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22-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708535

Improving Solar Cell Efficiency with a Bucket of Water

American Physical Society (APS)

Solar cells offer a clean source of energy, but the efficiency of a fixed solar system is limited: The sun moves, but solar cells do not. Beth Parks has devised an astonishingly simple way to overcome this limitation -- a bucket of water. As she will describe at the 2019 APS March Meeting, she developed a frame that holds the solar cell with a bucket suspended on either end. By controlling the leak of water from one of the buckets, the solar cell shifts, tracking the arc of the sun throughout the day.

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22-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 708493

The Science of Knitting, Unpicked

American Physical Society (APS)

Knitting may be an ancient manufacturing method, but Elisabetta Matsumoto believes that understanding how different stitch types determine shape and mechanical strength will be invaluable for designing materials for future technologies, and a more detailed understanding of the knitting “code” could benefit manufacturers around the world. Members of the Matsumoto group are delving through the surprisingly complex mathematics that underlies tangles of yarn -- work Matsumoto will describe at the 2019 APS March Meeting.

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22-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 709173

Ultra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

Georgia Institute of Technology

An ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the brain could help give palm-sized robots the ability to collaborate and learn from their experiences.

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5-Mar-2019 8:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708551

Sacrificing Accuracy to See the Big Picture

American Physical Society (APS)

Humans have a knack for finding patterns in the world around them. Researchers are building a model that shows how this ability might work, which they will describe at the 2019 APS March Meeting. The brain does more than just process incoming information, the researchers say. It constantly tries to predict what’s coming next. The new model attempts to explain how people can make such predictions.

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22-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 709074

Engineers developing education kit to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics

University of California San Diego

Engineers are developing an educational toolkit to bring integrated photonics into the college engineering and science curriculum. The kit is designed to teach students practical skills in integrated photonics and equip them to meet the growing demand for technicians and engineers in the industry.

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4-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST

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Article ID: 708539

Transforming Magnetic Storage Might Stem from the Vision of Quantum

American Physical Society (APS)

A new frontier in the study of magnetic materials, femtomagnetism, could lead to ultrafast magnetic storage devices that would transform information processing technologies. Now, researchers report a tabletop method to characterize such a faster magnetic storage using high-harmonic generation of laser light in iron thin films. Their work, which Guoping Zhang will present at the 2019 APS March Meeting, has the same vision as quantum technology.

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22-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
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    4-Mar-2019 1:00 PM EST

Article ID: 708548

A New Approach to an Old Question: How Do We Actually Cooperate?

American Physical Society (APS)

Princeton researchers are exploring how cooperation arises in human societies, where people tend to cluster into various group types -- political, religious, familial, professional, etc. -- which they will describe at the 2019 APS March Meeting. Within such groups, people can cooperate or “defect” and receive payoffs based on those exchanges. Cooperation, they observed, is most favored when allowing for the existence of “loners” -- people who are temporarily not members of any group.

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22-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST

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