Bioprinted playdough

The bioprinted ‘play dough’ capable of cell and protein transfer

3 July 2015

Scientists have developed a new technique allowing the bioprinting at ambient temperatures of a strong paste similar to ‘play dough’ capable of incorporating protein-releasing microspheres

Physics World July 2015

Flashes in the ashes: How volcanic lightning is helping to demystify the Earth’s plasmasphere

2 July 2015

At the height of the First World War, in the trenches, German physicist Heinrich Barkhausen was eavesdropping on Allied telephone conversations. Every now and again, the Allied communications were drowned out by some strange sounds. The soldiers dubbed them “whistlers” because they sounded similar to shells flying overhead

Snakeskin-inspired surfaces

Friction reduction breakthrough is no snake oil

1 July 2015

Snakeskin-inspired surfaces smash records, providing an astonishing 40% friction reduction in tests of high performance materials

Professor Eli Yablonovitch

IOP awards for 2015 include Isaac Newton Medal for Eli Yablonovitch

1 July 2015

The Institute’s highest accolade, the Isaac Newton Medal, has been awarded to Professor Eli Yablonovitch, who is among 17 award winners for 2015 announced by the IOP today

IOP workshop generates innovative ideas as physicists meet business leaders

IOP workshop generates innovative ideas as physicists meet business leaders

30 June 2015

Business leaders from 14 companies came together to look to physics for solutions to business problems at the University of Durham on 18 June, with half of them committing to working up two industry–academic collaborative projects as a result


Astroparticle physics community is exceptional but needs to grow, says report

30 June 2015

The UK's astroparticle physics community has an exceptional international standing and its scientific output is high, but its size is critically low and its expertise needs to be better represented at research council level

Nicola Blackwood MP
Credit: Society of Biology

Scientists debate with politicians on Parliamentary Links Day

30 June 2015

People from more than 20 scientific organisations were among an invited audience that converged on Westminster on 23 June for Parliamentary Links Day, an annual event which this year had the theme of Science and the New Parliament

Travelling lecture programme in optics

IOP to co-sponsor travelling lecture programme in optics

30 June 2015

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is joining the International Commission for Optics (ICO) in sponsoring the ICO travelling lecturer programme that enables scientists of international reputation to lecture on modern aspects of optics and photonics


Entrepreneurship workshop is a first for the IOP in Central America

30 June 2015

Scientists and engineers from five countries came to an entrepreneurship workshop – the first to be staged in Central America by the IOP – in Guatemala on 15-19 June

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 News

US survey reveals high value of physicists to industry

Fri, 03 Jul

"First systematic study" of PhD physicists in the private sector

Spectrometer made from quantum dots is compact and low cost

Thu, 02 Jul

Devices could someday be used in household appliances

Astroparticle physics funding in the UK is 'critically low', says Institute of Physics

Wed, 01 Jul

Report says British researchers should expand leadership roles in international projects

Bringing the human eye into focus

Tue, 30 Jun

New imaging technique resolves the rods and cones at the back of the eye

Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

Mon, 29 Jun

Satellite transmits qubits to the Earth's surface