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Year: 2016

22 Dec 2016

Could Rudolph and friends help to slow down our warming climate?

Reindeer may be best known for pulling Santa’s sleigh, but a new study suggests they may have a part to play in slowing down climate change too. A team of researchers, writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that when reindeer reduce the height and abundance of shrubs on the Arctic tundra through grazing,...

16 Dec 2016

New type of travelling wave pattern could contain biological coordinates

‘Stretchable map’ is a logical way to understand how bacteria manage cell division Physicists in Israel and the US have proposed a new type of travelling wave pattern — one that can adapt to the size of physical system in which it is embedded – reporting the work in the New Journal of Physics. According...

14 Dec 2016

Can you bounce water balloons off a bed of nails? Yes, says new study

A group of first year students at Roskilde University, supervised by Dr Tina Hecksher, have shown that water-filled balloons behave very similarly to tiny water droplets, by bouncing them on a bed of nails. Their work, published today in the European Journal of Physics in collaboration with Professor Julia Yeomans at Oxford University, was inspired...

12 Dec 2016

Discovery of Einstein’s gravitational-waves wins Physics World Breakthrough Award 2016

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, involving researchers from MIT, Caltech and more than 80 other institutions worldwide, has won the Physics World 2016 Breakthrough of the Year, for its revolutionary, world-first direct observations of gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space–time. The LIGO observations mark the end of a decades-long hunt for...

30 Nov 2016

Link and node analysis charts language survival

Model examines the interplay between the use of a language and the preference or attitude of the speakers towards it Bilingual speakers play an important role in language survival, according to the results of a new study published in the New Journal of Physics. The work – performed by researchers from the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary...

28 Nov 2016

IOP Publishing renews journals contract with IPEM

IOP Publishing is pleased to announce a renewed contract with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), for the continued publication of two of its journals – Physics in Medicine and Biology and Physiological Measurement. The renewal of the contract, which will start in 2018, marks the latest chapter in the long-standing relationship...

24 Nov 2016

Shaping the nanoscience landscape – IOP Publishing launches Nano Futures

IOP Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of Nano Futures, a new high-impact, multidisciplinary journal that will be positioned through an editorial policy geared strictly to capturing groundbreaking, future-oriented research with long term influence for nanoscience. Twenty seven years ago, IOP Publishing launched Nanotechnology as the world’s first research journal dedicated to nanoscale science...

21 Nov 2016

IOP Publishing partners with Altmetric to improve author services

IOP Publishing has announced a new partnership with Altmetric and Digital Science, to provide its authors and readers with a deeper understanding of how published research is being used and discussed. Authors and readers will be able to view the online attention surrounding each publication via the Altmetric badges embedded into article pages. Jamie Hutchins,...

16 Nov 2016

Study finds evidence of Deepwater Horizon oil in land-based birds

Results highlight food-web link between oil exposure and a terrestrial ecosystem The ecological consequences of an environmental disaster can extend further than one may imagine as effects propagate through interconnected food webs. Most recently, researchers in the US have found evidence suggesting that oil from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) spillage has been incorporated into birds...

11 Nov 2016

Novel reaction microscope scheme targets biologically relevant molecules

Latest spectrometer design is more sensitive to chemical fragments and can distinguish between isomers with more than one carbon atom Researchers in Germany and the US have upgraded the performance of a reaction microscope so that the technique — known as Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy, or COLTRIMS for short — can be extended...

08 Nov 2016

Middle East dust storm not caused by conflict, study finds

Climate change, not the ongoing regional conflict, was behind last year’s huge dust storm in the Middle East, according to new research published in Environmental Research Letters. The storm in September 2015 affected Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Cyprus, leading to scores of people being hospitalised, ports being closed, flights being cancelled, and large portions of...