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Year: 2012

05 Oct 2012

Climate sceptics more prominent in UK and US media

Climate sceptics are being given a more prominent, and sometimes uncontested, voice in UK and US newspapers in contrast to other countries around the world, new research suggests. The findings have been published today, 5 October, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, as part of a study looking at how climate scepticism manifested itself...

02 Oct 2012

My life on Mars: engineering student experiences life on the red planet

As NASA’s Curiosity rover scours the surface of Mars and beams pictures of the stark and desolate landscape back to Earth, we’ve begun to paint a picture of what living on the red planet might actually be like. In this month’s Physics World, Ashley Dale, a PhD student at the University of Bristol, brings this...

02 Oct 2012

Sea-level study shows signs of things to come

Our greenhouse gas emissions up to now have triggered an irreversible warming of the Earth that will cause sea-levels to rise for thousands of years to come, new research has shown. The results come from a study, published today, 2 October, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, which sought to model sea-level changes over...

14 Sep 2012

KISTI and IOP Publishing sign agreement to widen scientific research in Korea

The Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KISTI) and IOP Publishing (IOP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a new strategic collaboration for the provision and dissemination of scientific research. As a result of this partnership Korean researchers will get access to over 400,000 articles in the IOP Journal Archive, the definitive...

14 Sep 2012

Met Office model to better predict extreme winters

Severe UK winters, like the ‘big freeze’ of 2009/10, can now be better forecast months in advance using the Met Office’s latest model, new research suggests. A new study, published today, Friday 14 September, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, compares the latest seasonal forecast system to the one previously used and shows that...

14 Sep 2012

Neural implant recovers ability to make decisions

Researchers have taken a key step towards recovering specific brain functions in sufferers of brain disease and injuries by successfully restoring the decision-making processes in monkeys. By placing a neural device onto the front part of the monkeys’ brains, the researchers, from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, University of Kentucky and University of Southern California,...

12 Sep 2012

Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes

An invisible quick response (QR) code has been created by researchers in an attempt to increase security on printed documents and reduce the possibility of counterfeiting, a problem which costs governments and private industries billions of pounds each year. Publishing their research today, 12 September, in IOP Publishing’s journal Nanotechnology, the researchers from the University...

06 Sep 2012

IOP Publishing announces its new journal, Methods and Applications in Fluorescence

From left to right: Yves Mély, Editor-in-Chief; Jane Roscoe, Head of Partner Development; David Birch, Editor-in-Chief; Otto Wolfbeis, Editor-in-Chief; Sharon d’Souza, Publisher. IOP Publishing (IOP) has announced the launch of a new journal, Methods and Applications in Fluorescence. This brings IOP’s existing journals portfolio to 69 titles. An electronic-only journal, Methods and Applications in Fluorescence...

31 Aug 2012

Delivering solar geoengineering materials may be feasible and affordable

A cost analysis of the technologies needed to transport materials into the stratosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight hitting Earth and therefore reduce the effects of global climate change has shown that they are both feasible and affordable. Published today, 31 August 2012, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, the study has shown...

30 Aug 2012

Japanese spacecraft to search for clues of Earth’s first life

In a Physics World special report on Japan, Dennis Normile reports on how the Japanese space agency JAXA plans to land a spacecraft onto an asteroid in 2018 to search for clues of how life began on Earth. Hayabusa 2 will be JAXA’s second attempt at collecting material from an asteroid, after its first mission...

10 Aug 2012

The power to heal at the tips of your finger

John Rogers/University of Illinois The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves. The devices, shown to be capable of responding with high precision to the stresses and strains associated with touch and finger movement, are a...