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•  How the Earth got its nitrogen
•  Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star
•  How 'Quantum Dots' Could Probe Mysteries of Entanglement
•  Space chemistry could be cooking up icy building blocks of life, study says
•  Using a Vanishing Neutron Star to Measure Space-time Warp
•  Did Gravity Save the Universe from 'God Particle' Higgs Boson?
•  8 Newfound Alien Worlds Could Potentially Support Life
•  Planet hunters plot course for habitable worlds
•  The Stellar Origins of Your Toothpaste
•  The world of physics in 2015
•  NASA Rover Finds Mysterious Methane Emissions on Mars
•  Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos
•  Superconductivity record breaks under pressure
•  New Dark Matter Detector Will Be 100 Times More Sensitive to Dark Matter
•  Researchers report possible dark matter signal
•  Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet
•  Mars Rover Finds Stronger Potential for Life
•  Quantum computer quest
•  See it, touch it, feel it: Team develops invisible 3-D haptic shape
•  European probe shoots down dark-matter claims
•  Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang
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•  Parallel Worlds Could Explain Wacky Quantum Physics
•  GPS satellites might be able to detect elusive dark matter
•  Frigid matter powers first quantum circuits
•  Dark Matter's New Wrinkle: It May Behave Like Wavy Fluid
•  Dark Matter Black Holes Could Be Destroying Stars at the Milky Way’s Center
•  Why a Physics Revolution Might Be on Its Way
•  European satellite could discover thousands of planets in Earth's galaxy
•  String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics
•  New Experiment Aims to Crack Neutrino Mass Mystery
•  Universe may face a darker future
•  Ultracold disappearing act: 'Matter waves' move through one another but never share space
•  Evidence Builds for Dark Matter Explosions at the Milky Way’s Core
•  Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?
•  Chilly Record! Coldest Object on Earth Created in Lab
•  Astronomers Capture First-Ever Image Of A Nova’s Exploding Fireball Stage
•  A quantum world arising from many ordinary ones
•  Historic quantum software is run for the first time
•  3-D map of the adolescent universe
•  Physicists see potential dark matter from the Sun
•  Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam
•  Desktop sonic black hole emits Hawking radiation
•  Two new strange and charming particles appear at LHC
•  Texas border town to become next Cape Canaveral
•  New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter
•  Deep Space, Branching Molecules, and Life’s Origins?
•  Quantum bits get their first compression
•  Higgs Boson to the World Wide Web: 7 Big Discoveries Made at CERN
•  'Space Bubbles' May Have Doomed Key Afghan War Mission
•  Is Our Universe Really 'Slip Slidin Away'?
•  Quantum Entanglement Creates New State of Matter
•  Photons weave their way through a triple slit
•  Quantum teleportation from a telecom-wavelength photon to a solid-state quantum memory
•  Cosmic inflation: BICEP 'underestimated' dust problem
•  Milky Way may bear 100 million life-giving planets
•  Synopsis: More Dark Matter Hints from Cosmic Rays?
•  Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
•  Stalking the Shadow Universe
•  Scattered neutrons could mimic DAMA-LIBRA's 'dark matter' modulation
•  Stalking the Shadow Universe
•  Universe Shouldn't Be Here, According to Higgs Physics
•  Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life
•  The First Indirect Detection of Dark Matter
•  Higgs Boson Confirms Reigning Physics Model Yet Again
•  Dark Matter Mystery Deepens
•  Gravitational-wave team admits findings could amount to dust
•  Plasmonic waveguide stops light in its tracks
•  Large Hadron Collider Discovers 'Very Exotic Matter' That Challenges Traditional Physics
•  Physicists link neutron stars to earthbound alloys
•  New material offers angular control over light
•  Lasers to Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox?
•  Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"
•  Big Bang breakthrough announced; gravitational waves detected
•  Paradox Solved? How Information Can Escape from a Black Hole
•  Weird 'Entangled' Light Gives Microscope Sharper Images
•  Population of Known Alien Planets Nearly Doubles as NASA Discovers 715 New Worlds
•  Quantum Dropleton: Weird New Particle Acts Like Liquid
•  Fresh hint of dark matter seen in neutrino search
•  Baby universe rumbled with thunder of Higgs bubbles
•  Dark-Matter Detector to Begin Operations Soon in China
•  Laser Facility Blasts Way to Fusion First
•  No Black Holes Exist, Says Stephen Hawking--At Least Not Like We Think
•  Quasar shines a bright light on cosmic web
•  Deepest galaxy cluster ever pictured by Hubble
•  Scientists can levitate stuff and make it fly around using sound
•  Electron Appears Spherical, Squashing Hopes for New Physics Theories
•  Pulverized Asteroid around Distant Star Was Full of Water
•  Higgs and Englert Are Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
•  'Higgsogenesis' proposed to explain dark matter
•  A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics
•  Supervolcanoes Rocked Early Mars
•  Hunting quantum gravity in the big bang's echoes
•  Fusion Experiments Inch Closer To Break-Even Goal
•  Curiosity Rover Makes Big Water Discovery in Mars Dirt, a 'Wow Moment'
•  With Earth spinning more slowly, time isn't flying as fast as before
•  Earth Had Oxygen Much Earlier Than Thought
•  Is the universe saddle shaped?
•  Beam Me Up: Bits of Information Teleported Across Computer Chip

50th Anniversary of the LASER

March 11, 2010

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the laser, and various professional societies, companies, and institutions are commemorating not just the invention and first demonstration of the laser, but also the many applications

by which the laser has revolutionized technology and daily life. A central website for discovering more about the history and advancements of the laser may be found at

The first Physics colloquium of the Spring semester will be given on Wednesday, January 13 by Dr. Linda Olafsen on her research in mid-infrared semiconductor lasers. Other activities and events to celebrate the laser will be announced throughout the year.