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University physics department becomes a gender equality champion

University physics department becomes a gender equality champion in IOP’s Project Juno

7 July 2015

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is the latest university department to be awarded Champion status in the IOP’s Project Juno initiative for its commitment to gender equality

Prof. Julian Jones and Prof. James Hough OBE

Phillips Awards for distinguished service to the IOP go to James Hough and Julian Jones

6 July 2015

Prof. James Hough and Prof. Julian Jones are both to receive the 2015 Phillips Award for distinguished service to the Institute of Physics

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

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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

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
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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

Guatemala

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

Scholarships

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

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Reptile skin inspires super-slippery steel surfaces

Tue, 07 Jul

Copying patterns found on snakes and lizards could reduce friction in tiny machines

Graphene coating boosts battery performance

Mon, 06 Jul

Carbon layers allows silicon nanoparticles to expand and contract without damage

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