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2014 Nobel Prizes in Physics and in Chemistry
by L. Bergé

During the second week of October 2014, the Swedish Academy of Sciences decided to award two practical inventions, blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, with the 2014 Physics and Chemistry Nobel Prizes.

Showering from high-energy cosmic rays
by H. Buisman, D.Wilke de Souza and J. Steijger

In particle physics a ‘shower’ is the avalanche of secondary particles produced by an incoming particle with high energy. This production requires the interaction with mass. A shower produced by high-energy cosmic rays usually covers a wide area, of the order of a square kilometer. The secondary particles can be observed by using scintillators. In view of the large area affected and the relatively simple equipment needed, this is an ideal project to involve high-school students and their teachers. Showering can also be observed in doors, on much smaller scale.

Consumer participation in power market balancing
by P. Lund

With the increasing role of wind and solar power, the power balance authorities are facing a big challenge: How to manage the increasing need for the fast balancing of power brought on by increased penetration of variable and difficult-to-forecast renewable generation? Could more active participation by the residential customers in managing electricity demand be a smart way to go?

Extra-terrestrial Life in the Milky Way Galaxy?
by N.J. Evans II

Are we alone? Along with questions about black holes, this is one of the questions most commonly asked of astrophysicists. While the simple answer is that we don’t know, logical and rational exploration of the question can be illuminating and a very good way to introduce non-scientists to the “scientific worldview.” This short essay is based on a class for students not majoring in science, which I have taught for nearly forty years at the University of Texas at Austin.

A new publication frequency for EPN
Victor R. Velasco, EPN Editor

At the 2014 EPS Council meeting it was decided to reallocate some funds to finance EPS activities in Brussels. For EPN this means that, for 2014 and 2015, the last two issues will be merged into one 48-page issue (5&6, published in November), which saves distribution costs. As you may have noticed already, there is now also a flip book pdf version with an html version that is indexed by Google. This user-friendly flip book will be available for all issues (see:;13732).

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EPS Executive and Staff activity for October 2014

The EPS works to support its members. Click here for the list of the activities of EPS Executive Committee and staff for the last month.
2 - 3 October: Christophe Rossel, EPS President elect, committee member of the EPS Forum Physics and Society (FPS), took part in the FPS meeting on ‘Improving the Image of Physics’ in Belgrade, Serbia. He delivered a keynote speech on the IYL2015 and chaired one of the workshops on the theme ’Improving the image with the public- engaging non-specialists’. David Lee, Patricia Helfenstein and Ophélia Fornari, from the EPS secretariat, attended the VI EPS ...