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Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

27 March 2015

Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

Five schools are styled “SPN Link School with Adviser” in new teacher CPD move

Five schools are styled 'SPN Link School with Adviser' in new teacher CPD move

27 March 2015

Five schools are styled 'SPN Link School with Adviser' in new teacher CPD move

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

27 March 2015

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

Prof. Philip Moriarty

Philip Moriarty is a winner in I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here contest

26 March 2015

Prof. Philip Moriarty has been voted the winner of the IOP-sponsored Terbium Zone in the I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here contest

Solar eclipse
Credit: Ivar Marthinusen

Solar eclipse is a star spectacle in the International Year of Light

24 March 2015

The solar eclipse on 20 March sent eclipse enthusiasts on a chase to the far north, encouraged some citizen science, and inspired a host of activities around the UK and Ireland

IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize

Quasicrystal article wins international physics journalism prize

18 March 2015

This year’s IOP-STFC Physics Journalism Prize has been awarded to Lisa Grossman for her article Quasicrystal quest: The unreal rock that nature made, published in New Scientist

Big Bang Fair
Credit: National Science + Engineering Competition

Cosmic-ray project attracts IOP prize at the Big Bang Fair

17 March 2015

A desktop experiment to verify an effect of special relativity gained 15-year-old school student Pratap Singh the Institute of Physics Prize at the Big Bang Fair

Election debate

Politicians from six parties debate at Science and the General Election 2015

13 March 2015

Research funding, tuition fees and the effects of immigration policy on international students were among the issues discussed by politicians at the Science and the General Election 2015 debate held in London on 11 March

LHC season two
Credit: CERN

LHC season two: a new era for physics

12 March 2015

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator is about to be turned back on and enter into a second phase of collisions

IOP welcomes government’s plans to boost physics teacher numbers

IOP welcomes government’s plans to boost physics teacher numbers

11 March 2015

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has welcomed the government’s announcement of new measures intended to increase the number of specialist physics teachers

Fractal patterns on the surface of cells

Fractal patterns may uncover new line of attack on cancer

11 March 2015

Studying the intricate fractal patterns on the surface of cells could give researchers a new insight into the physical nature of cancer, and provide new ways of preventing the disease from developing

Robert Woodward

Top medal goes to physicist Robert Woodward in SET for Britain contest

10 March 2015

Postgraduate laser physicist Robert Woodward was awarded the highest prize in the SET for Britain poster competition, held at Westminster to encourage early-career scientists and foster dialogue between scientists and politicians

Science and technology committee

Young scientists ask the questions in parliamentary event

10 March 2015

Young scientists nominated by the Institute of Physics (IOP) were among a group who had the chance to quiz politicians on science policy at an event in parliament on 4 March

Hélène Langevin-Joliot

Marie Curie’s granddaughter speaks at conference on pioneering women

5 March 2015

The granddaughter of Marie Curie addressed a one-day meeting on pioneering women in physics at the Institute of Physics (IOP) on 4 March

Higgs

Peter Higgs unveils a plaque in his honour in Edinburgh

5 March 2015

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Prof. Peter Higgs today unveiled a blue plaque in his honour in his home city

Innovation awards 2013

IOP Innovation Awards open for entries

5 March 2015

The Awards are a unique celebration of commercial success built on physics, so to raise the profile of your company, and to celebrate the contribution of physics and physicists to the UK economy, enter now

Urbanization

Scientists map unprecedented urbanization in East-Southeast Asia

3 March 2015

Researchers have, for the first time, mapped the rapid urban expansion that has occurred across the whole of East-Southeast Asia in the last decade

PW

In March's Physics World: Throwing light on a mysterious human superpower

2 March 2015

Most people, at some point in their lives, have dreamt of being able to fly like Superman or develop superhuman strength like the Hulk

Tim Wiles

Tim Wiles receives national IOP prize for voluntary work in the north east

2 March 2015

Physics graduate Tim Wiles has been awarded the 2014 Institute of Physics Branches Prize, which was established to recognise voluntary work for the IOP’s branches by members

International Year of Light in Northern Ireland
Credit: Northern Ireland Science Festival

International Year of Light in Northern Ireland opens at science festival

27 February 2015

The naming of a Belfast street as Bell’s Theorem Crescent on 19 February kicked off the first ever NI Science Festival, which included the launch of the International Year of Light (IYOL) in Northern Ireland as well as more than 130 events, exhibitions, workshops and talks

International Year of Light in Scotland

Edinburgh hosts launch of International Year of Light in Scotland

27 February 2015

A harp played by laser beams, a fusion of poetry and science, and an exploration of Maxwell’s equations all helped to launch the International Year of Light (IYOL) in Scotland on 23 February

Africa

IOP for Africa takes a new direction

25 February 2015

The Institute is changing its approach to supporting physics education in Africa and is working to transfer the running of its existing teacher-training-focused projects to partner organisations in the countries concerned

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

Brian Manley and John Mason

Two former presidents of the Institute have died

18 February 2015

Two former presidents of the IOP, Brian Manley and Sir John Mason, have died

International Year of Light in Wales

International Year of Light in Wales is launched

16 February 2015

The International Year of Light (IYOL) was launched in Wales at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff on 5 February

Exoplanet

Laser “ruler” holds promise for hunting exoplanets

18 February 2015

The hunt for Earth-like planets around distant stars could soon become a lot easier thanks to a technique developed by researchers in Germany

Black hole
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Interstellar technology throws light on spinning black holes

13 February 2015

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan’s epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes

Juno

IOP names UCL department as a gender equality champion

10 February 2015

The IOP has recognised the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London (UCL) as a national leader in gender equality through the IOP’s Project Juno initiative

Kings Cross

New home for physicists receives planning permission

6 February 2015

The Institute of Physics’ (IOP) plans for the redevelopment of 2-8 Balfe Street and 35-45 Caledonian Road were approved last night, Thursday 5 February, at a meeting of Islington Council’s Planning Committee, subject to agreement on the IOP’s obligations to the borough

PW February

In February’s edition of Physics World: Mining the Moon becomes a serious prospect

2 February 2015

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the Moon is rich ground for mining

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Acoustic topological insulator could hide submarines

Thu, 26 Mar

Hearing aids could benefit from lattices of rotating cylinders

How to entangle nearly 3000 atoms using a single photon

Wed, 25 Mar

Record-breaking result could lead to better atomic clocks

India-based Neutrino Observatory faces a new hurdle

Tue, 24 Mar

Physicists in court over concerns about groundwater and biodiversity

UK unveils national strategy for stimulating growth in quantum technologies

Mon, 23 Mar

Training PhDs and building "demonstrators" of commercial products are high on the agenda

New US philanthropy group picks physicist as boss

Fri, 20 Mar

Marc Kastner to head to the Science Philanthropy Alliance