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Year: 2014

17 Dec 2014

Thumbs-up for mind-controlled robotic arm

A paralysed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements. Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia and has been taking part in the study for...

16 Dec 2014

American Astronomical Society & IOP Publishing launch innovative ebook program

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have created a new electronic book publishing partnership as part of the AAS's mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe. The program will combine IOP’s award-winning ebook publishing with the expertise of the AAS community to foster a deeper understanding of diverse...

12 Dec 2014

Comet landing named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year

ESA Separation (Credit: ESA-ATG medialab) The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014. From a shortlist of 10 highly commended breakthroughs, the historic achievement by scientists working on the Rosetta mission was singled out by the Physics World editorial team for...

11 Dec 2014

IOP Publishing is now CrossMark and FundRef compliant

IOP Publishing promotes the development of new and innovative technologies to speed and facilitate scholarly research and is now compliant with two CrossRef initiatives, FundRef and CrossMark. FundRef provides an easy way for funders to see the articles that have been published from the research they funded. Supporting a standard way of reporting across the...

03 Dec 2014

CO2 warming effects felt just a decade after being emitted

It takes just 10 years for a single emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) to have its maximum warming effects on the Earth. This is according to researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science who have dispelled a common misconception that the main warming effects from a CO2 emission will not be felt for several decades....

26 Nov 2014

Sweet-smelling breath to help diabetes diagnosis in children

The potential to quickly diagnose children with type 1 diabetes before the onset of serious illness could be achieved using a simple, non-invasive breath test, according to new research published today. In one of the most comprehensive breath-based studies of children with type 1 diabetes performed to date, a team of researchers from Oxford, UK...

19 Nov 2014

Sun’s rotating ‘magnet’ pulls lightning towards UK

The Sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily ‘bending’ the Earth’s magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere. This is according to researchers at the University of Reading who have found that over a five year period the UK...

14 Nov 2014

Researchers calculate “hidden” emissions in traded meat

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed. They found that embodied, or “hidden”, emissions in beef, chicken and...

12 Nov 2014

Twisted light waves sent across Vienna

A group of researchers from Austria have sent twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna. It is the first time that twisted light has been transmitted over a large distance outdoors, and could enable researchers to take advantage of the significant data-carrying capacity of light in both classical and quantum communications. The results...

04 Nov 2014

IOP Publishing collaborates with JournalMap

IOP Publishing (IOP) and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have signed an agreement to add more than 1000 articles from IOP’s journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) to the JournalMap literature discovery database. JournalMap’s vision is to help scientists find out what research has been done in a specific location, as well as to determine whether...

04 Nov 2014

Closure of Computational Science & Discovery

IOP Publishing is sorry to announce the closure of the journal Computational Science & Discovery. After a comprehensive internal review of the ongoing viability of the journal, IOP’s editorial management team have taken the difficult decision to close the journal at the end of the 2014 volume year. This means that the journal will no...