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Year: 2012

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...

02 Aug 2012

Major step taken towards unbreakable message exchange

Single particles of light, also known as photons, have been produced and implemented into a quantum key distribution (QKD) link, paving the way for unbreakable communication networks. The results of the experiment, undertaken by a close collaboration of researchers based in Wuerzburg, Munich and Stuttgart, have been published today, Thursday 2 August, in the Institute...

01 Aug 2012

100 years of cosmic rays mystery

As physicists gather in early August to celebrate a century since the initial discovery of cosmic rays, Alan Watson, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Leeds, explains in this month’s Physics World how physicists have gradually revealed the nature of these mysterious objects and examines the progress being made in understanding where they...

31 Jul 2012

Mervyn Miles announced as new Chief Scientific Advisor for IOP Publishing

Professor Mervyn Miles has today been announced as the new Chief Scientific Advisor for IOP Publishing (IOP). IOP is a leading global scholarly publisher, specializing in the physical sciences and home to the renowned Journal of Physics series, New Journal of Physics and Physics World magazine. The company is the publishing arm of the Institute...

25 Jul 2012

Physicists study the classics for hidden truths

The truth behind some of the world’s most famous historical myths, including Homer’s epic, the Iliad, has been bolstered by two researchers who have analysed the relationships between the myths’ characters and compared them to real-life social networks. In a study published online today, 25 July, in the journal EPL (Europhysics Letters), Pádraig Mac Carron...

23 Jul 2012

IOP Publishing opens office in Munich

IOP Publishing (IOP) has today announced that it has opened a new office in Munich. The office will open from 1 August 2012 and will provide an ideal central meeting place for IOP’s customers, authors, referees, librarians in Europe. Olaf Ernst, Commercial Director said “Munich is one of the research and publishing capitals in the...

16 Jul 2012

IOP Publishing and Astro Ltd announce publishing partnership

IOP Publishing and Astro Ltd have announced a new five-year partnership to publish two established journals in the field of laser physics, Laser Physics and Laser Physics Letters. As a result of this new deal, IOP will begin publishing Laser Physics and Laser Physics Letters in January 2013. In addition, Laser Physics Letters will be...

13 Jul 2012

Controlling your computer with your eyes

Millions of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries or amputees could soon interact with their computers and surroundings using just their eyes, thanks to a new device that costs less than £40. Composed from off-the-shelf materials, the new device can work out exactly where a person is looking by tracking...

06 Jul 2012

Most accurate robotic legs mimic human walking gait

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner. The neural architecture, musculoskeletal architecture and sensory feedback pathways in humans have been simplified and built into the robot, giving it a remarkably human-like walking gait. The biological...

04 Jul 2012

Pre-industrial emissions still causing temperatures to rise

A climate model accounting for the carbon dioxide (CO2) released into our atmosphere before the industrial revolution has been used to show the detrimental effect of carbon emissions on global temperature in the long-term. In a study published today, 4 July, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science...

02 Jul 2012

Physics confirms sprinters are performing better than ever before

In this month’s Physics World, Steve Haake, director of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, reveals that the men’s 100 m sprint will be one event not to miss this summer. Haake has developed something called the “performance-improvement index”, which uses very simple physics to compare the relative improvement...