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Winners of the IOP’s Teachers of Physics awards

Winners of the IOP’s Teachers of Physics awards are announced

22 September 2014

Six outstanding teachers have been chosen to receive Teachers of Physics awards from the IOP. These will be presented at the Institute’s Awards Dinner on 15 October

Graphene

Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers

19 September 2014

An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer

Gap in nuclear physics research

Gap in nuclear physics research identified by IOP is to be filled

19 September 2014

A new theory group for nuclear physics is to be set up at a UK university – a move proposed in the IOP’s 2012 report, A Review of Nuclear Physics Research

Smart-material chinstrap

Smart-material chinstrap harvests energy from chewing

15 September 2014

A chinstrap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada

Germanene

Graphene gets a cousin in the shape of germanene

10 September 2014

A team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to successfully synthesize the 2D material germanene

Festival-goers in King’s Cross hear about plan for IOP’s new home

Festival-goers in King’s Cross hear about plan for IOP’s new home

10 September 2014

Physics buskers from the IOP took part in a street festival next to the site of the Institute’s new building in King’s Cross on 7 September

Alan Walker

Scottish school students receive Higgs Prizes from the IOP

10 September 2014

Young people from across Scotland who have won the IOP’s Higgs Prize were presented with their awards in a ceremony at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 9 September

Prof. Dame Julia Slingo

Met Office chief scientist opens up climate modelling

8 September 2014

Climate modelling is based on the fundamental laws of physics and has improved immensely over the last few decades, the Met Office’s chief scientific adviser, Prof. Dame Julia Slingo, told a lecture audience at the IOP

IOP celebrates its Teacher Training Scholars

IOP celebrates its Teacher Training Scholars

8 September 2014

A reception including afternoon tea at the Glaziers Hall, London Bridge, and a welcome from the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s chief executive, Charlie Taylor, was held for people starting this autumn as IOP Teacher Training Scholars

September’s issue of Physics World

In September’s Physics World: Scientists get set for simulated nuclear inspection

29 August 2014

Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead Sea

Holweck Prize is presented to Ramin Golestanian
Credit: Jérémie Barande

Holweck Prize is presented to Ramin Golestanian

28 August 2014

The Holweck Medal and Prize was presented to Prof. Ramin Golestanian at a conference in Paris on 27 August

Rise in A-level physics students for eighth year running

Physics at GCSE is thriving and A-level entries keep going up

27 August 2014

Entries for physics at GCSE level have been resilient this year in the face of recent upheavals in science courses, while A-level physics entries have risen for the eighth consecutive year

Rachel Youngman

Rachel Youngman looks ahead in new post for the IOP

18 August 2014

Rachel Youngman thought she’d finished with physics for good after she passed her physics O-level, but now she wants to use her business skills and experience in the charitable sector to help the IOP to achieve its goals

IOP talks to Nigerian High Commissioner

IOP talks to Nigerian High Commissioner

14 August 2014

A discussion on the IOP’s activities in Nigeria was held with the High Commissioner for Nigeria, His Excellency Dalhatu S. Tafida, on 13 August.

Silicene

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

12 August 2014

An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen

A Eurasian perch

Water-polluting anxiety drug reduces fish mortality

7 August 2014

A drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence has been shown to reduce mortality rates in fish

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg

Royal Society medals are awarded to IOP members

6 August 2014

IOP fellow Prof. Jeremy Baumberg and affiliate member Prof. John Sutherland have been awarded medals by the Royal Society (RS)

Cigarette butts

Cigarette butts offer energy storage solution

5 August 2014

A group of scientists from South Korea have converted cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy

Scientist underlines threat of inevitable “solar super-storms”

In August’s Physics World: Scientist underlines threat of inevitable “solar super-storms”

1 August 2014

In this month’s issue of Physics World, Ashley Dale from the University of Bristol warns of the “catastrophic” and “long-lasting” impacts of “solar super-storms” and the dangers we face if the threat continues to go unnoticed

Scientists focus on commercial skills at workshop in Ghana

Scientists focus on commercial skills at workshop in Ghana

29 July 2014

Forty delegates from four countries in Africa took part in a workshop on entrepreneurship held at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Ghana on 14–19 July

Dame Athene Donald

Pioneering physicist says an unusual career can bring rewards

25 July 2014

It can be uncomfortable to be a pioneer or in a minority in any field, but “being different can be good”, Prof. Dame Athene Donald told an IOP lecture audience on 24 July

Physicists reveal random nature of metastasis

Physicists reveal random nature of metastasis

18 July 2014

The spreading of a cancerous tumour from one part of the body to another may occur through pure chance instead of key genetic mutations, a new study has shown

International Year of Light 2015

Duke of York to be Patron of International Year of Light

17 July 2014

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is delighted to announce that the Duke of York has agreed to become Patron of the International Year of Light in the UK

IOP prizewinners tour Harwell Campus
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IOP prizewinners tour Harwell Campus

17 July 2014

Four young scientists toured the cutting-edge facilities at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Harwell, on 2 July as part of the reward for their success in the IOP prizes in national science competitions

David Willets

A widely respected science minister steps down

15 July 2014

Following the announcement of David Willetts’ resignation from his ministerial post, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has issued a short statement to express thanks to the former Minister for Science and Universities

LUCID project launch
Credit: Roscosmos

LUCID - Launching tomorrow’s scientists today

10 July 2014

Sixth form students from a state school in Kent are preparing to collect data from their very own radiation detector in space

Innovation awards 2013

Awards for physics-based innovation in 2014

8 July 2014

Four companies receive Innovation Awards from the Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Tuesday 8 July, in recognition of success that they have built on the commercial application of physics

Professor Deborah Jin

Institute of Physics announces 2014 award winners

1 July 2014

The Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Tuesday 1 July 2014, announces this year’s award winners with IOP’s International award, the Isaac Newton Medal, going to Professor Deborah Jin

Physics World July 2014

Physicists shed light on mysterious “dark universe”

1 July 2014

In July’s special issue of Physics World, which is devoted to the “dark universe”, physicists from around the world describe some of the efforts currently being used to understand more about the mysterious dark energy and dark matter that, combined, make up 95% of the universe

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CERN celebrates 60 years of science

Fri, 19 Sep

Particle physics lab hosts huge variety of events to mark diamond jubilee

Gargantuan black hole found at the heart of dwarf galaxy

Thu, 18 Sep

Many previously hidden black holes may lie in compact star systems

New plasmonic nanolaser is cavity-free

Wed, 17 Sep

Proposed device could improve optical telecommunications

Tiny scaffolds toughen ceramics

Tue, 16 Sep

Lightweight material springs back after being deformed

Rosetta reveals its target landing site

Mon, 15 Sep

Mission will aim for comet's head this November