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Monday, January 12, 2009

Physics in a petri dish

Harry Swinney

Harry Swinney

The latest research paper from Harry Swinney, a physics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, is on bacteria. The experiment, on which the paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is based, took place in a Petri dish of agar.

Physics and bacteria? That’s not a combination that goes together like McCoy and Cosby, fish and chips or public television and pledge drives.

But there is a connection, said Swinney, the Sid Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in
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