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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

Rosse Medal

Rosse Medal goes to postgraduate Aimee Stapleton at Ireland Spring Meeting

30 March 2015

Postgraduate student Aimee Stapleton was awarded the Rosse Medal at the annual IOP in Ireland Spring Meeting – a key part of the event held in Cork on 28 March

Morphing wings

Morphing wings help drones manage collisions

30 March 2015

Researchers in the US have taken inspiration from nature to create a robotic wing that can recover from mid-air collisions

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

The landmark Spire of Dublin was lit up green in the city on 13 March in celebration of the launch of the International Year of Light in the Republic of Ireland and to mark the opening of the St Patrick’s Festival the following day

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

A new model for teacher development is being launched within the Stimulating Physics Network (SPN) as five schools have been designated as “SPN Link School with Adviser” for their localities

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

Improving gender balance event focuses on solutions

27 March 2015

Helping girls to handle failure, tackling unconscious bias and discovering what educational research says about gender were all explored at the Improving Gender Balance 2015 conference on 20-21 March for people involved in the IOP’s girls in physics projects

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

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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

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

Physicsworld.com News

Rosetta's bouncing probe finds no magnetic field on comet 67P

Tue, 14 Apr

Null result suggests early solar system lacked strong magnetic fields

'Cosmic shear' reveals dark matter in new high-resolution map

Mon, 13 Apr

Large-scale map from the Dark Energy Survey pinpoints clumps and filaments

Scientists reveal how a sea sponge gets its remarkable strength

Fri, 10 Apr

Fibres made of concentric cylinders help creature cling to the sea floor

Dark matter and muons are ruled out as DAMA signal source

Thu, 09 Apr

New simulations show that signal is very difficult to explain by any known model

Diamond cavity boosts magnetic-field detection

Wed, 08 Apr

New sensor could be used to study the brain and heart