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‘Mile-high’ physics

The Colorado Convention Centre where the APS is being held.

By Tushna Commissariat at the APS March Meeting in Denver

The city of Denver, Colorado has been invaded…or so I am sure the locals will feel over the next few days, as more than 9000 physicists from all over the world have arrived to take part in the APS March Meeting. I have been here in the “Mile-high city” of Denver – so nicknamed thanks to its official elevation that is exactly one mile or 5280 feet above sea level – since Sunday morning, and physics is the talk of the town as everyone descends upon the Colorado Convention Center (pictured above).

As always, there is a wide variety of interesting talks, sessions and press conferences over the next few days and I would have to clone myself multiple times to get around to all of them. Talking about cloning, though – I have just been to my first session, where Stanford researcher Patrick Hayden was taking about quantum information and asking whether or not it could be cloned in space–time. I will be speaking with Hayden later in the day, so watch this space if you would like to know more.

I will also be going to hear more about historians and the work they do to extend the “half-life” of science stories, how bacteria evolve and invade, and how they could be used to build circuits, as well as a talk about the visa-application hurdles faced by international scientists who visit the US and more – and all of this is just today!

Make sure you keep an eye on the blog over the next four days and also keep an eye on my Twitter feed @tushna42 (and the hashtag #apsmarch). I will try to live Tweet and post images from some of the more interesting sessions I attend.

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