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April 2013


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Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels
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Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels

For a century, almost all light-duty vehicles (LDVs) have been powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) operating on petroleum fuels. Energy security concerns over petroleum imports and the effect of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions on global climate are...[more]

 

Zero-Sustainment Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force: A Workshop Summary
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Zero-Sustainment Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force: A Workshop Summary

Overall Air Force weapon system sustainment (WSS) costs are growing at more than 4 percent per year, while budgets have remained essentially flat....[more]

 

Adapting to a Changing World--Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education
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Adapting to a Changing World--Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education

Adapting to a Changing World was commissioned by the National Science Foundation to examine the present status of undergraduate physics education, including the state of physics education research ...[more]

 

 

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New particle is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson"

Experts announced earlier this month that a new particle discovered last summer at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is "looking more and more like a Higgs boson," according to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) website. While physicists working on the CMS and ATLAS experiments at CERN suggest that the results look promising thus far, CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela stated they "...still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is." Read more on the discovery in the New York Times and Physics Letters B.

Additional Reading

Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time (2006) report provides an assessment of the scientific challenges in particle physics, including the key questions and experimental opportunities, the current status of the U.S. program and the strategic framework in which it sits, and a set of strategic principles and recommendations to sustain a competitive and globally relevant U.S. particle physics program.

Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century (2003) urges that a new research strategy be created that brings to bear the techniques of both astronomy and sub-atomic physics in a cross-disciplinary way to address these questions. The report presents seven recommendations to facilitate the necessary research and development coordination. These recommendations identify key priorities for future scientific projects critical for realizing these scientific opportunities.

 

 

SSB and ASEB Meet During Space Science Week


SSB Standing committee chairs and co chairs, Todd Hoeksema, Mary Hudson, Joyce Penner, Phil Christensen, Greg Ferry and David Spergel held a panel discussion during the plenary session of NRC's Space Science Week 2013. Credit: Dwayne Day 

The Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy conducted a joint meeting of their standing advisory committees. The NRC Space Science Week took place at the National Academies NAS Building in Washington, DC, March 6-8, 2013. At this meeting, the standing committees convened in plenary, joint, and individual sessions to discuss issues and advances in their fields.


Space Studies Board Chair, Charlie Kennel moderates a Q & A with NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, John Grunsfeld, during the plenary session of NRC's Space Science Week 2013. Credit: Dwayne Day

 

 
 
 
 

Upcoming Meetings

April 2-3, 2013
Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Spring Meeting
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Washington, DC

April 3-4, 2013
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board Meeting
Washington, DC

April 4-5, 2013
Board Meeting
Space Studies Board
Washington, DC

April 22-24, 2013
Committee on Human Spaceflight
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
Washington, DC

April 25-26
Committee on Review of Test Protocols Used by the DOD to Test Combat Helmets
Board on Army Science and Technology
Washington, DC

April 26-27, 2013
Committee Spring Meeting
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Washington, DC

April 29-30

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