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Everything you need to know: Graduate program offers crash course in the politics of peer review

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Jul. 16, 2013 — The University of Leicester’s Journal of Physics Special Topics is kind of a downer. In perusing a single issue I discovered the following: The helicarrier — the flying aircraft carrier that’s home to a bunch of superspies in the movie The Avengers — is actually somewhat fantastical. Modern rotors couldn’t provide the necessary propeller frequency for the three or four large blades shown in the movie to keep the thing aloft (374 RPM and 324 RPM, respectively). Based on a consideration of elements of plasma physics, it wouldn’t be possible using...Read full article

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