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News from 2013 in the Penn State Department of Physics.
Network Dynamics: Reka Albert's cover article in Physics Today

Network Dynamics: Reka Albert's cover article in Physics Today

In the April 2012 issue of Physics Today, a cover article by Adilson Motter and RĂ©ka Albert reviews the current understanding of complex networks that govern the behavior of physical systems as disparate as the brain, social networks and the internet.

Nanofoam cleans up oil spills

Nanofoam cleans up oil spills

Researchers at Penn State University and Rice University have created solid, spongy blocks of carbon nanotubes that have an astounding ability to clean up oil spills in water.

Are we running out of helium?

Are we running out of helium?

Moses Chan is leading a national effort to update U.S. policy for managing a looming helium shortage crisis that would seriously affect a range of activities, from the frontiers of scientific research to birthday parties.

IceCube discovers PeV neutrinos

IceCube discovers PeV neutrinos

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory -- a huge telescope in the Antarctic ice -- has detected two neutrinos with the highest energies ever observed, exceeding 1 PeV.

David Weiss elected Vice Chair of DAMOP

David Weiss elected Vice Chair of DAMOP

Members of the American Physical Society's Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics have elected David Weiss to serve as Vice Chair.

Viewpoint: Positrons Galore

Viewpoint: Positrons Galore

Professor Stephane Coutu has a Viewpoints article in APS Physics describing the significance of recent discoveries by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

Topological transitions

Topological transitions

A team of physicists from Tsinghua University, the Institute of Physics-Chinese Academy of Sciences and Penn State University report the observation of a magnetic quantum phase transition as the composition of a complex topological insulator is tuned through a critical point.

An advance in multifunctional electronics

An advance in multifunctional electronics

Qi Li and her colleagues report in Nature Materials an alternative way of creating a "multiferroic" device that is compatible with non-silicon technology and that combines into one device both an electronic and a magnetic junction.

Edging the Light Fantastic

Edging the Light Fantastic

A team led by Mauricio Terrones has created single layers of a naturally occurring rare mineral called tungstenite, or WS2.

Kurt Gibble receives the 2013 European Frequency & Time Award

Kurt Gibble receives the 2013 European Frequency & Time Award

Kurt Gibble awarded the 2013 European Frequency and Time Award.

Penn State work on loop quantum gravity featured in Nature.

Penn State work on loop quantum gravity featured in Nature.

The theory of loop quantum gravity is a keystone of the Institute of Gravitation & the Cosmos.