RAP Case study Nov 2014

Engaging under-represented groups with physics

20 November 2014

Experts from scientific societies, universities, schools, charities and businesses gathered at the Institute of Physics today, 20 November, to discuss the challenges of engaging under-represented groups in physics

Sun’s rotating ‘magnet’ pulls lightning towards UK

Sun’s rotating ‘magnet’ pulls lightning towards UK

19 November 2014

The Sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily ‘bending’ the Earth’s magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere


Researchers calculate “hidden” emissions in traded meat

14 November 2014

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed

Prof. Pratibha Gai

Physicist describes seeing chemical reactions as they happen

14 November 2014

Research that allows chemical reactions to be observed in real time with an electron microscope was described by pioneering scientist Prof. Pratibha Gai at the IOP’s London centre on 12 November

Anne Glover
Credit: Friends of Europe

IOP responds to abolition of European CSA post

13 November 2014

The Institute of Physics has responded to the decision of the European Commission to abolish its post of chief scientific adviser


Twisted light waves sent across Vienna

12 November 2014

A group of researchers from Austria have sent twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna

Sean Hartnoll

IOP members share in US prizes for fundamental physics

11 November 2014

IOP member Prof. Sean Hartnoll was presented with a New Horizons in Physics Prize at a gala event in Silicon Valley, California, on 9 November

Fabiola Gianotti
Credit: Cern

IOP welcomes Fabiola Gianotti as next director-general of CERN

5 November 2014

The IOP has welcomed the announcement that the next director-general of CERN will be Fabiola Gianotti – the first woman to be appointed to the role


In November’s issue of Physics World: The “valley of death” facing physics start-ups

3 November 2014

In this month’s issue of Physics World, James Dacey explores the ways in which physicists are bridging the “valley of death” to take their innovations from the lab into the commercial market

Power lines

Doubt cast over air pollution link between childhood leukaemia and power lines

31 October 2014

Researchers from the UK have called into question a theory suggesting that a previously reported risk of leukaemia among children born close to overhead power lines could be caused by an alteration to surrounding air pollution

Occhialini Medal and Prize is awarded to Prof. Alessandro Tredicucchi

Occhialini Medal and Prize is awarded to Prof. Alessandro Tredicucchi

30 October 2014

The Occhialini Medal and Prize has been awarded to Prof. Alessandro Tredicucci of the University of Pisa

Prof. Alexander Lichtenstein

Born Medal and Prize is presented to Prof. Alexander Lichtenstein

28 October 2014

The Born Medal and Prize was presented to Prof. Alexander Lichtenstein at the IOP’s Awards Dinner on 15 October by the Institute’s president, Frances Saunders

Emma Chapman

UCL postdoc Emma Chapman wins Very Early Career Woman Physicist Award

24 October 2014

Postdoctoral research fellow Emma Chapman has won the Very Early Career Woman Physicist of the Year Award, which is conferred by the IOP’s Women in Physics Group (WIPG)

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Sci-fi films project aims to get students talking physics

23 October 2014

Classic science fiction films such as Flash Gordon and A Grand Day Out will be used as inspiration for discussing physics in schools and colleges in a collaboration between the British Film Institute (BFI), the education charity Into Film and the IOP

Newton’s Apple

Early career physicists learn how to influence policy at Newton’s Apple seminar

22 October 2014

A plea to early career researchers to try to influence public policy was made in a seminar organised by science policy foundation Newton’s Apple and hosted by the IOP at its London centre

Culham Centre

Best Practice Award of the IOP goes to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

22 October 2014

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) has received the IOP’s Award for Best Practice in Professional Development this year

Ice skate

Measuring on ice: Researchers create “smart” ice skating blade

21 October 2014

An ice skating blade that informs figure skaters of the stresses they are imposing on their joints has been developed by a group of researchers in the US

Bob Boutland

Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP goes to Bob Boutland

21 October 2014

Bob Boutland was presented with the Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP at the Institute’s Awards Dinner on 15 October by the IOP’s president, Frances Saunders


Physicists sound warning to “nail beauty fanatics”

16 October 2014

The daily trimming of fingernails and toenails to make them more aesthetically pleasing could be detrimental and potentially lead to serious nail conditions


'Work with us', IOP president tells physics community in Awards Dinner speech

16 October 2014

The IOP needs the whole of the physics community to be involved as it launches a new drive to boost the impact of its work, the Institute's president, Frances Saunders, said in a speech at its annual Awards Dinner on 15 October

Professor Deborah Jin

Newton Lecture 2014: Professor Deborah Jin explains ultra-cold gases

15 October 2014

The lecture at the IOP’s London centre on 14 October was given by Prof. Jin in her capacity as the 2014 winner of the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize – the Institute’s highest accolade

Fruit fly

Fruit flies show ability to sniff out chemical hazards

14 October 2014

The ‘nose’ of the common fruit fly could soon be used to detect drugs and explosives thanks to new research that has revealed the fly’s impressive ability to sniff out a range of hazardous chemicals

Andrew Miller MP

Industry Forum focuses on science and technology

14 October 2014

It is “hugely important” that actual and potential science ministers are made to understand the needs of science and industry in the run-up to next year’s general election, Andrew Miller MP told a meeting of the Industry Forum held at the IOP’s London centre on 13 October

Red carpet

Three new honorary fellows of the IOP are named

13 October 2014

Three distinguished physicists are to be made honorary fellows of the Institute of Physics (IOP) on 15 October. The award – the highest honour that the IOP can bestow – will be conferred on the three at the IOP’s Awards Dinner in London

Two IOP members win Nobel Prizes
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Two IOP members win Nobel Prizes

9 October 2014

Two IOP members are among this year’s winners of the Nobel Prizes for Physics and Chemistry

Jon Butterworth

Jon Butterworth shares the excitement of the hunt for the Higgs boson

9 October 2014

Finding the Higgs boson at CERN involved an exciting chain of events and sharing it with the wider public through the media was also a journey of discovery, Prof. Jon Butterworth told an audience at the IOP’s London centre on 2 October


Nanoparticles give up forensic secrets

2 October 2014

A group of researchers from Switzerland has thrown light on the precise mechanisms responsible for the impressive ability of nanoparticles to detect fingermarks left at crime scenes


In October’s edition of Physics World: The wake-up call that sent hearts racing

1 October 2014

“But as the minutes ticked by, the relaxed attitude of many of us began to dissolve into apprehension. Our levels of adrenaline and worry began to rise. The room went silent, interspersed with only an occasional murmur, all faces fixed on a noisy, fuzzy line on our computer screens.” News

Modelling the magnetic fields of exoplanets

Fri, 21 Nov

Spectral analysis reveals details of stellar winds and planetary atmospheres

New 3D topological insulator is the nearest to perfection yet

Thu, 20 Nov

2 behaves just how theory says it should

Sun's magnetic field affects frequency of lightning strikes on Earth

Wed, 19 Nov

Findings could lead to better lightning forecasts

Is dark energy eating dark matter?

Tue, 18 Nov

Dark-sector interaction could explain universe evolution

Review breathes life into Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste site

Mon, 17 Nov

Election fall-out and NRC resignation could also tip the balance towards Nevada facility