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"The Turkish government admits that it has ousted around 100 000 state employees in the last year or so. That includes a thinning out of the police and armed forces and firings of nearly 28 000 people in K–12 education. In a series of purges, some 2500 academics have been sacked and 15 universities have been shuttered. A mood of uncertainty, suspicion, and fear pervades campuses."

Turmoil in Turkey hits science

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Physics Today
yesterday at 20:51. Facebook
Sad news: John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, died today at age 95.

John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

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Physics Today
yesterday at 20:27. Facebook
A popular French physicist is in hot water over multiple accusations of plagiarism. Étienne Klein, a researcher at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, appears to have lifted passages that were used in his biography of Einstein, a newspaper article, and seven other works.

Popular French physicist accused of plagiarizing colleagues and famous writers

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yesterday at 17:21. Facebook
Today the 2016 Nobel Prize laureates, including the physics awardees, are giving lectures in Stockholm, Sweden. Here is a summary of the research that earned this year's physics Nobel.

Foundational theories in topological physics garner Nobel Prize

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yesterday at 15:20. Facebook
Today is the birthday of Jan Ingenhousz, the Dutch scientist who discovered photosynthesis. He was born in Breda, Netherlands in 1730. Ingenhousz was a man of many scientific talents. He was a respected physician who advocated inoculation against smallpox using live virus taken from patients with mild symptoms. In 1768 he was summoned to Vienna to inoculate Austrian empress Maria Theresa and...
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NASA's Cassini probe has entered a new daredevil orbit around Saturn, bringing it to the outer edge of the planet's rings. The spacecraft's latest photos include an up-close look at the hexagonal storm at Saturn's north pole. Beginning in April, Cassini will start exploring the region between the planet and its inner rings. Cassini will make a final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere in September.

First photos from Cassini Saturn probe's new orbit - BBC News

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Physics Today
12/07/2016 at 22:15. Facebook
Italy has suffered multiple devastating earthquakes this year, which come on the heels of an infamous 2009 quake in L'Aquila. All those quakes were millions of years in the making, the result of the small Adria plate colliding with the giant Eurasian plate. Three seismologists explain the complex geology of the region and how scientists hope to better predict future earthquakes.

Italy’s chain of earthquakes poses a forecasting challenge

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Physics Today
12/07/2016 at 17:54. Facebook
The New York Times Magazine profiles MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager, one of the leading researchers studying planets outside our solar system.

‘The World Sees Me as the One Who Will Find Another Earth’

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Physics Today
12/07/2016 at 15:09. Facebook
On this day in 1972, the astronauts of Apollo 17 took this photograph of Earth, The Blue Marble. The Sun was behind the spacecraft, so the disk of our planet was almost completely illuminated. Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and Madagascar are easily visible; ice-covered Antarctica is largely obscured by clouds. Apollo 17, with Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Jack Schmitt aboard, was the last...
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Physics Today
12/06/2016 at 22:40. Facebook
For the next two weeks we'll be sharing reports from Cuba, where editor Toni Feder is learning about the country's physics community. Here's her first post, on obtaining a journalist visa.

Dispatches from Cuba: Securing a visa

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Physics Today
12/06/2016 at 21:01. Facebook
A newly developed leaping robot is inspired by a small primate called lesser galago, or bush baby. The robot may eventually aid in search-and-rescue efforts.

Zippy new jumping bot catches air again and again

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Physics Today
12/06/2016 at 17:22. Facebook
One consequence of climate change is more frequent and intense downpours. A new study finds that extreme rainfall events should become more frequent across North America by the end of the century. Due to frequent torrential rain, some states along the Gulf of Mexico could receive 40% more precipitation in the summer than they do now.

A hard rain's a-gonna fall

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Physics Today
12/06/2016 at 15:20. Facebook
Today is the birthday of physicist and chemist Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac, who was born in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, France, in 1778. He attended the newly established École Polytechnique in Paris and then became an assistant to chemist Claude-Louis Berthollet. In 1802 Gay-Lussac demonstrated that given constant pressure, the volume of a gas is directly proportional to its temperature. Today that...
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Physics Today
12/06/2016 at 00:15. Facebook
Silicon is the second most abundant element in Earth's crust and the most technologically significant one. Some scientists believe we've only scratched the surface in exploiting the potential of silicon. Atoms of the element form many novel structures, most of which have been little explored or not investigated at all. One of the exotic structures could become the basis for the next revolution...
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Exotic forms of silicon

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Physics Today
12/05/2016 at 21:21. Facebook
Prominent theoretical and experimental physicists were honored at the 2016 Breakthrough Prizes, which carry the most generous winnings of all scientific awards. The winners include members of the LIGO gravitational-wave experiment and three string theorists who have contributed to resolving the mystery of what happens at the event horizon of a black hole. The Breakthrough Prizes bring lots of...
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Black-hole fireworks win big in multimillion-dollar science prizes

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Physics Today
12/05/2016 at 19:32. Facebook
In 1936 Werner Heisenberg (who was born on this day 115 years ago) and Hans Euler predicted vacuum birefringence, a quantum effect in which strong magnetic fields affect the propagation of light through a vacuum. In the eight decades since nobody has found evidence of the phenomenon—until now. Astronomers studied the light from a neutron star, a stellar corpse with an extremely strong magnetic...
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Neutron starlight gets QED-fueled polarization boost

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Physics Today
12/05/2016 at 17:16. Facebook
Five prominent scientists offer fascinating anecdotes on the people who inspired their choice of career.

It’s Personal: Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives

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Physics Today
12/05/2016 at 15:21. Facebook
Today is the birthday of Werner Heisenberg, who was born in Würzburg, Germany, in 1901. He entered the University of Munich in 1920 under the tutelage of Arnold Sommerfeld and earned his doctorate three years later. Heisenberg quickly made an impact on the blossoming theory of quantum mechanics. In 1926 he wrote a paper along with Max Born and Pascual Jordan ("On Quantum Mechanics II") that is...
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Physics Today
12/02/2016 at 21:38. Facebook
Our reviewer writes that Caltech physicist Sean Carroll "could have easily titled his book Poetry for Physicists, touching as it does on the deepest chords of existence, from astrophysics to zoology."

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

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Physics Today
12/02/2016 at 19:47. Facebook
An imaginative new experiment uses starlight to help measure quantum entanglement. The results of this "cosmic Bell test" show that quantum mechanics is indeed as strange—or more specifically, nonlocal—as it seems to be.

Cosmic experiment is closing another Bell test loophole

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