In the new issue of Physics Today, Juan Maldacena and Igor Klebanov write a semi-popular "feature article" about the 11th anniversary of the AdS/CFT correspondence:
Physicists have been using spherical cows as an idealization of the real ones for centuries but only at the end of 1997, they finally discovered another comparably important idealization, the hyperbolic cow. Well, if these comments sound less technical than expected, you should prepare for the rest of their article that could be more technical than expected.
Also, in The Independent, Michael Duff recently tried to explain why theorists are so excited about string/M-theory. Meanwhile, Nastya Volovich received a prestigious award in the White House, as another Mr Klebanoff reports. Congratulations to a highly deserved one!