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Cosmic Colors at the Planetarium through July 22 article thumbnailCosmic Colors at the Planetarium through July 22. The Illinois State University Planetarium will present the family show Cosmic Colors, running May 18 through July 22. [Read the rest]
ISU physics star receives prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship article thumbnailISU physics star receives prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship. Illinois State senior Samantha Norris research on fundamental particle interactions with Illinois State Distinguished Physics Professors Rainer Grobe and Charles Su helped her land the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. [Read the rest]
New video system enhances Planetarium shows article thumbnailNew video system enhances Planetarium shows. A new projection system is lighting up the Illinois State University Planetarium’s dome.  [Read the rest]
Complex networks subject of physics colloquium article thumbnailComplex networks subject of physics colloquium. Takashi Nishikawa, research associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Northwestern University, will talk about complex networks on April 5. [Read the rest]
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Skadron Prize!

The Skadron Prize is a computational physics competition. Each year we pose a challenge to our physics majors, and reward the best solution with the honor of Skadron Prize first place (and a cash prize). Download this year's challenge problem at this link: Skadron competition: "Win the election" (.nb)

The deadline for submission is April 9. Have fun with this one! For further information, check the Skadron Awards web page

Calendar

Informal Seminar Series - Fall 2015
Physics Colloquia - Fall 2015
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Fri, May 27, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Wed, June 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Fri, June 3, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4
ISU Planetarium presents Cosmic Colors
Wed, June 8, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Planetarium - Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and seniors, and $2.00 for children ages 3-4

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Podcast: Uncommon Knowledge

Dr. Jay Ansher Dr. Jay Ansher co-hosts the Uncommon Knowledge podcast, which tackles everyday science, busts myths, and entertains as well. Produced by WGLT public radio.

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Physics News from Around the World

Did solar superflares spark life on Earth?

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:41:52 GMT

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Mon, 23 May 2016 15:39:35 GMT

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'Magnetic-charge ice' slides into view

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:52:49 GMT

Frustrated material could lead to better computer memories
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