December 2017 Issue of Physics Today Is Online & in the Mail
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Baryon Acoustic Oscillations: A Cosmological Ruler
A density pattern created by acoustic waves in the early universe can be seen in the distribution of galaxies and used as a standard ruler with which to measure cosmological expansion. — Will J. Percival
Boosting Solar Energy Conversion with Nanofluids
Suspensions of metallic nanoparticles can harvest valuable heat from sunlight that would otherwise go to waste in a photovoltaic cell. — Natasha E. Hjerrild & Robert A. Taylor
Discovering Earth’s Radiation Belts
Six decades after the belts’ discovery in 1958, scientists are still finding mysterious features. — Daniel N. Baker & Mikhail I. Panasyuk
...and much more!