Physics

In Second Life, There's No Fallout

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Robert C. Amme, a research professor of physics at the University of Denver, thinks there aren't nearly enough scientists with expertise in managing nuclear waste. So to train the next generation of environmental assessment specialists, he's taking them to a place where there's no radiation, nuclear fallout or even laws of gravity.

Armed with a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Amme and his colleagues are preparing to build a nuclear reactor -- in the virtual, online world of Second Life.

'Physics for Future Presidents'

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Looking for a gift for Barack Obama or John McCain? Richard A. Muller's new book might help them (and the rest of us if they read it). Muller, a physics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has written Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (Norton). Muller also teaches a course with the same name.

The Teaching Science Professor

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New research suggests that faculty members focused on pedagogy as well as their disciplines may improve student learning.

Blinding Them With Science

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New study finds American students know fewer facts about science than do their Chinese counterparts, but neither group is particularly strong at scientific reasoning.

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