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25 Aug 2020

Study identifies first step to beating water scarcity

New research has revealed the locations and industries in the USA where efforts to improve water consumption would have the greatest benefit for economic activity and the environment. The study, led by researchers from Virginia Tech, used a spatially detailed database of water productivity to set realistic benchmarks for more than 400 industries and products....

24 Aug 2020

Steven Hall, managing director of IOP Publishing, to retire in 2021

Antonia Seymour, publishing director, named as successor Steven Hall has informed the IOP council of his intention to retire from his role as managing director of IOP Publishing (IOPP) in March 2021. He will be succeeded by IOPP’s publishing director, Antonia Seymour. Steven has been managing director since 2010. Under his leadership, IOPP has significantly...

24 Aug 2020

Ocean hitchhiker’s sucker mechanism offers potential for underwater adhesion

A new study has revealed how remora suckerfish detach themselves from the surfaces they’ve clung to – and how the mechanism could provide inspiration for future reversible underwater adhesion devices. The research, by an international, multidisciplinary team working across robotics, comparative biology, and electrical engineering, investigated the detachment mechanism of the remora’s suction disc, and...

13 Aug 2020

IOP Publishing joins Research4Life to boost access to scientific research in low-income countries

IOP Publishing has joined Research4Life, a multi-organisation partnership aiming to reduce the knowledge gap between high-income and low- and middle-income countries by making scholarly, professional and research information more accessible. It means that IOPP’s journals – which span more than 40 subject areas reaching beyond physics and into materials science, biosciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, engineering...

03 Aug 2020

Quantum 2020 registration officially opens

Registration has officially opened for Quantum 2020, a virtual conference hosted by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics (IOP). The conference is being organised in partnership with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the Chinese Physical Society (CPS), a long-standing partner of IOP Publishing. Thanks to generous sponsorship, attendance at...

30 Jul 2020

Announcing the winners of #IOPPposter

Twitter poster conference connected scientific researchers over twenty-four hours IOP Publishing has announced the seven winners of #IOPPposter, its first poster conference hosted on Twitter. The winners for each subject area were: Physics – Alexia Beale Materials – Kagiso Loeto Environment and energy – Sarah Asiri Chemistry – Philippe Schwaller Maths and computation – Sarah Guerin...

28 Jul 2020

Lockdown saw modest drop in China air pollution – study

Large improvements of air quality in China during the COVID-19 lockdown have been widely reported, but new research reveals that the two pollutants most harmful to human health, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone, were only slightly reduced. The study, by scientists from the University of Leeds, UK and the Southern University of Science and...

14 Jul 2020

Clean energy grids and electric vehicles key to beating climate change and air pollution

Any uptake in electric vehicle use must be mirrored by the development of clean energy grids to mitigate both climate change and air pollution. That is the key finding of a new study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, and Stanford University, California. Published in the IOP Publishing journal Environmental Research Letters,...

10 Jul 2020

Study sheds light on bushfires’ microclimate impact

A study examining the urban microclimatic impact of the 2019-20 Australian bushfires has uncovered how they affect local meteorological and air quality. Its findings could help understand the potential consequences of an increased rate and extension of bushfires, and especially regarding improving risk preparedness and coping strategies. The research was carried out by scientists from...

06 Jul 2020

Announcing the 2020 New Journal of Physics Early Career Award winner

The Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and Institute of Physics (IOP) have announced the winner of the New Journal of Physics’ Early Career Award. The award was established to recognise exceptional early-career researchers from across the world who have significantly contributed to the journal. The winner of the 2020 award is Dr Martí Perarnau Llobet, from...