This coming week is the APS March Meeting in Denver. I'll probably blog about some of the talks, but I may not give detailed recaps as I've done in some past years - it's hard to get a complete picture of a meeting that's grown so vast (and I have a ton of work I somehow need to get done over that week). Topics that are clearly hot, based on the meeting program: topological everything (insulators, superconductors, Majorana structures, etc.); layered everything (graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, including optical properties); oxide heterostructure materials; quantum information; cold atoms to examine particular condensed matter problems incl systems out of equilibrium; unconventional superconductivity (incl quantum criticality, pnictides, cuprates, etc.); plasmonics. I'll admit that I'm curious about the future of the New Media in the communication of science to the public.
I've also been thinking about doing a series of posts really aimed at the public about recurring themes that crop up in physics. This will require a bit of thought to make the writing really accessible to a general audience, but it could be fun. This story by Adam Frank was very well done and inspirational in terms of what such a series could be.