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Prof. Arthur I. Miller

Art shaped by science “is the new avant-garde”, physicists are told

26 June 2015

Artists are beginning to think like scientists and scientists like artists as aesthetics is being redefined, Professor Arthur I. Miller argued at an event on “Physics in Public Spaces” held at the IOP’s London centre on 23 June

Scholarships

Potential teachers have extended time to apply for £25,000 scholarships

25 June 2015

People who plan to teach physics can still apply for IOP scholarships worth up to £25,000 as the Institute has extended the deadline for applications until 2 August

Cockroach-inspired robot

Cockroach-inspired robot uses body streamlining to negotiate obstacles

22 June 2015

Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, have taken inspiration from the cockroach to create a robot that can use its body shape to manoeuvre through a densely cluttered environment

Climate change won’t reduce winter deaths

Climate change won’t reduce winter deaths

19 June 2015

In a study that contradicts the received wisdom on health impacts of climate change, scientists say that we shouldn’t expect substantial reduction in winter deaths as a result of global warming. This new research is published today in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters journal

Cally Festival

IOP has a fruitful time at festival near its future home in King’s Cross

17 June 2015

Making batteries out of citrus fruits and playing with electrically conducting dough were some of the activities on offer from the IOP at a festival held on 15 June in King’s Cross, close to where the Institute is to have its new London home

Averil Macdonald

Queen’s Birthday Honours go to two IOP members

15 June 2015

Two IOP fellows – Philip Campbell and Prof. Averil Macdonald – have received awards in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours

Improving the delivery of chemotherapy with graphene
Credit: National Cancer Institute/Linda Bartlett

Improving the delivery of chemotherapy with graphene

2 June 2015

A new study published in IOP Publishing’s journal 2D Materials has proposed using graphene as an alternative coating for catheters to improve the delivery of chemotherapy drugs

Physics World June 2015

In this month’s edition of Physics World: Are scientists on the brink of understanding where proton spin comes from?

1 June 2015

For nearly three decades, physicists have been unable to answer a seemingly simple question: where does proton spin come from?

Houses of Parliament

IOP to speak up for science as new government takes key decisions

28 May 2015

The IOP will be at work making the case for science as the new government makes important decisions on funding and policy issues following the State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech on 27 May

Public lecture series

Particle physics talk engages an open-air audience in new venture for the IOP

28 May 2015

CERN scientist Professor Tara Shears engaged an open-air audience with particle physics in a busy quarter of London’s King’s Cross on 27 May, drawing in passers-by as well as more than 200 participants who were seated to hear her speak

3D printing technique

3D printing technique explored to help treat type 1 diabetes

28 May 2015

Researchers from the Netherlands have explored how 3D printing can be used to help treat type 1 diabetes in results presented today, Thursday 28 May, in IOP Publishing’s journal Biofabrication

Sphere

IOP grants aim to boost research into pedagogy in higher education

26 May 2015

A grant scheme to stimulate research into university-level physics education has been launched by the Institute of Physics (IOP)

Emma Chapman

Culture for PhD students must change, says report by IOP and Royal Astronomical Society

21 May 2015

The culture surrounding PhD studentships urgently needs to change if all postgraduates are to enjoy their studies and be prepared for life after a doctorate, an audience at the launch of a report on their experiences heard

Football

Students apply physics to football at the Emirates Stadium

20 May 2015

Students from four schools took part in a day of physics and football at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on 15 May as the finale of an eight-week programme to engage students with science by applying it to soccer

Charles Tracy

Charles Tracy helps the IOP to champion physics education

20 May 2015

As the Institute’s head of education, Charles Tracy enjoys his work and it’s a job for which it’s “easy to get out of bed in the morning”, he says

Ofsted

Institute of Physics commends Ofsted’s stride towards gender equity

13 May 2015

Following Ofsted's publication on Tuesday 12 May of the numbers and proportions of girls and boys studying A level subjects in England, the Institute of Physics has issued a statement

Robotic arm
Credit: Tommaso Ranzani

Octopus arm inspires future surgical tool

13 May 2015

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy

Julia Higgins

Dame Julia Higgins to be the IOP's next president-elect

13 May 2015

Polymer scientist Prof. Dame Julia Higgins is to be the Institute’s next president-elect, taking up the role on 1 October 2015

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Institute of Physics welcomes new science minister

12 May 2015

The Institute of Physics has welcomed the appointments of Joseph Johnson MP as the new minister for universities and science, Sajid Javid MP as the secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, Amber Rudd MP as the new secretary of state for energy and climate change, and the reappointment of Nicky Morgan MP as secretary of state for education

IOP members become fellows of the Royal Society

Three IOP members become fellows of the Royal Society

6 May 2015

Three members of the Institute of Physics (IOP) were made fellows of the Royal Society (RS) in its annual election on 1 May

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In this month’s edition of Physics World: Dark-matter labs become subterranean centres for science

1 May 2015

Deep beneath our feet, below mountains and mine shafts, a scientific transformation is taking place

Temperature

England set for “substantial increase” in record-breaking warm years

1 May 2015

The likelihood of record-breaking warms years in England is set to substantially increase as a result of the human influence on the climate, new research suggests

SKA
Credit: University of Manchester

IOP welcomes decision to site SKA centre at Jodrell Bank

30 April 2015

The Institute has welcomed the announcement that Jodrell Bank in Cheshire is the preferred site to base the headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope

LIAL

New Lab in a Lorry tour is set to visit three counties

30 April 2015

Lab in a Lorry (LIAL), the Institute’s mobile science lab for young people, will be on tour in Yorkshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire during a period of just over two weeks in May

women in optics

London and Dublin workshops focus on women in optics and photonics

30 April 2015

A workshop to encourage women to take up careers in optics and photonics and to support those already working in the field was held at the City University London on 16 April

Tara Shears
Credit: University of Liverpool

CERN scientist to court outdoor audience with news from the LHC

28 April 2015

An open-air audience, passers-by and interested onlookers will be exposed to the latest news from CERN when physicist Prof. Tara Shears gives a talk at a popular outdoor site in the heart of London on 27 May

Salford students win IOP’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge

Salford students win IOP’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge

24 April 2015

Students from the University of Salford built a cheap and efficient electric motor to win the Institute’s first North West Undergraduate Challenge, beating teams from across the North West to the prize

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

Holweck Medal is awarded to Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

23 April 2015

Professor Isabelle Ledoux-Rak is to receive this year’s Holweck Medal and Prize, which is awarded jointly by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the French Physical Society

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In this month’s edition of Physics World: Amazing physics demos to keep practical science alive

1 April 2015

With school students in England bracing themselves for new-style GCSE science exams that are based entirely on written tests, Physics World has teamed up with Neil Downie to put together five amazing physics demonstrations that highlight the value and importance of keeping experimentation at the centre of the science classroom

Tongue

Physicists shed light on mysterious tongue condition

1 April 2015

Physicists from Israel have shed light on the intricate dynamics underpinning a mysterious tongue condition that has been puzzling the medical community for decades

Strategy

IOP launches new five-year strategy

26 February 2015

The IOP has published a document setting out the direction it will take over the next five years

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Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

Mon, 29 Jun

Satellite transmits qubits to the Earth's surface

Could lasers guide and control the path of lightning?

Fri, 26 Jun

New method to steer electric discharges around an obstacle uses laser beams

Frequency combs smooth out optical-fibre signals

Thu, 25 Jun

Research could mean higher bandwidth for optical fibres, and so more data

Thin semiconductors go through the Mott transition

Wed, 24 Jun

Research could help build photonic devices from novel 2D transition metals

Kirigami patterns make composite materials more stretchy, while staying strong

Tue, 23 Jun

Method could be used to make flexible electronics and optoelectronic devices