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Save the date: American Physical Society 2012 March Meeting, Feb. 27-March 2 in Boston

Soft robots, nanostethescopes, seeing through walls and more at the largest physics meeting of the year

American Physical Society

The American Physical Society's 2012 March meeting will focus on some of the most dynamic and cutting-edge research areas in physics. The topics on tap include high temperature superconductivity, biophysics, and advanced materials, as well as talks and sessions dedicated to social issues, medical technology, energy, and national security. The meeting takes place February 27-March 2 at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Mass.

Registration is free for journalists. Contact James Riordon (, 301-209-3238) to register as press. Meeting details, including housing information and the complete meeting schedule, are available at:

Here is a brief list of some of the topics that will be highlighted in subsequent press releases and press conferences at the 2012 APS March meeting.

Soft robots: mobile, agile, and fast
Session P52 --

"Nanostethoscope" probes living organisms using atomic force microscopy
Session H1 --

Microwave imaging through walls for urban reconnaissance
Session D20 --

Making e-readers and other electronics out of paper
Session B42 --

Tracking word and language evolution with Google
Session J54 --

Imaging method for measuring Botox efficacy
Session A1 --

The physics of ponytails
Session H52 --

Electronic devices made from spider silk
Session W49 --

The kitchen as a lab, featuring chef superstars Ferran Adria and Jose Andres
Session G1 --

Carbon nanotube scaffolding for spinal cord repair
Session W39 --

Physics of color reflective displays: revolution in display technology
Session X20 --

Textured nanostructures for anti-icing on airplanes and other surfaces
Session B46 --

Fukushima: impact and lessons
Session W20 --

Improving the safety of Soviet-era nuclear reactors
Session L37 --

Cheating bacteria curb evolution of antibiotic resistance
Session Q42 --

Designer materials and mapping out the materials genome
Session A7 --

Fractal behavior marks cancer cells
Session D42 --

K-12 science education: closing the gap with the leading nations
Session J2 --

Algae-herding for the biotech industry
Session Y48 --

Exploring a fern's natural, ultrafast catapult system
Session Z40 --



The American Physical Society ( is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents 48,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.

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