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27 Jun 2012

IOP Publishing and China National Knowledge Infrastructure sign agreement

IOP Publishing (IOP) and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) have signed an agreement to create an IOP Journal Metadata Database, which will give researchers in China greater access to key journal content published by IOP and the company’s partners. As a result of this arrangement researchers at Chinese institutions can now search the IOP Journal...

26 Jun 2012

IOP Publishing moves to new subscription fulfillment vendor for the Americas

IOP Publishing has today announced that it will be moving to a new subscription fulfillment company for customers in North, South and Central America, effective immediately. The company has selected Cambey & West, based in Congers, NY as their new service provider, as part of a company–wide review and investment in customer service. The move...

26 Jun 2012

Maths formula leads researchers to source of pollution

The leaking of environmentally damaging pollutants into our waters and atmosphere could soon be counteracted by a simple mathematical algorithm, according to researchers. Presenting their research today, 26 June, in IOP Publishing’s journal Inverse Problems, the researchers, from Université de Technologie de Compiègne, believe their work could aid efforts to avoid environmental catastrophes by identifying...

15 Jun 2012

Physicists predict success of movies at the box office

A group of Japanese scientists have surprised themselves by being able to predict the success or failure of blockbuster movies at the box office using a set of mathematical models. The researchers, publishing their study today, 15 June, in the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society’s New Journal of Physics, used the effects of...

15 Jun 2012

Power-generating knee strap hints at end for batteries

Battery-powered devices could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a group of UK researchers who have created a novel energy harvester to power some of the latest wearable gadgets. By strapping the energy harvester to the knee joint, a user could power body-monitoring devices such as heart rate monitors, pedometers and accelerometers...

08 Jun 2012

Engineered robot interacts with live fish

A bioinspired robot has provided the first experimental evidence that live zebrafish can be influenced by engineered robots. Results published today, 8 June, in IOP Publishing’s journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, provide a stepping stone on the path to using autonomous robots in an open environment to monitor and control fish behaviour. In the future, water-based...

01 Jun 2012

Physics to tackle how food is cooked in future

In this month’s Physics World, Sidney Perkowitz, Candler Professor of Physics Emeritus at Emory University, explains how applied physics led to the innovation of flameless cooking in the late 19th century and addresses the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population in a cleaner, more efficient way. In this article, Perkowitz highlights the work of...

01 Jun 2012

IOP Publishing announces 2012 Library Advisory Boards

2012 IOP Library Advisory boards IOP Publishing is dedicated to perfecting the user experience for all of our customers. To ensure that we achieve this aim, we are delighted to announce a series of library advisory board meetings for 2012. The initiative is designed to help the company develop products and services that are tailor...

25 May 2012

Thousands of invisibility cloaks trap a rainbow

Many people anticipating the creation of an invisibility cloak might be surprised to learn that a group of American researchers has created 25 000 individual cloaks. But before you rush to buy one from your local shop, the cloaks are just 30 micrometres in diameter and are laid out together on a 25 millimetre gold...

22 May 2012

Award winning week for Physics World

Physics World, the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics, has won two awards in the space of a few days. Physics World has been named best ‘Magazine – Professional Association or Royal College’ at the annual MemCom Awards held in London, UK. The Physics World team also picked up ‘Best Use of Social Media’...

11 May 2012

North Atlantic storm patterns throw light on 1987 gale

The cyclone that brought about the devastating winds that battered the UK in the great storm of October 1987 was exceptional in both its strength and path across the south of the country. This is the finding of a new study which has analysed the places where sting jets&#8212an area that develops in some cyclones...

01 May 2012

Venus to appear in once&#8211in&#8211a&#8211lifetime event

On 5 and 6 June this year, millions of people around the world will be able to see Venus pass across the face of the Sun in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will take Venus about six hours to complete its transit, appearing as a small black dot on the Sun’s surface, in...