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04 Jan 2019

Sustainable choices on palm oil must be easier for consumers, says new study

Consumer goods companies and retailers need to be upfront about where palm oil in their products comes from to relieve consumers of the burden of making sustainable choices. That is a key finding of new research from the University of Cambridge (UK). It publishes today in Environmental Research Letters. Palm oil production causes deforestation, greenhouse...

20 Dec 2018

Satellite study proves global quantum communication will be possible

Researchers in Italy have demonstrated the feasibility of quantum communications between high-orbiting global navigation satellites and a ground station, with an exchange at the single photon level over a distance of 20,000km. The milestone experiment proves the feasibility of secure quantum communications on a global scale, using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It is...

19 Dec 2018

‘Pause’ in global warming was never real, new research proves

Claims of a ‘pause’ in observed global temperature warming are comprehensively disproved in a pair of new studies published today. An international team of climate researchers reviewed existing data and studies and reanalysed them. They concluded there has never been a statistically significant ‘pause’ in global warming.  This conclusion holds whether considering the `pause’ as...

17 Dec 2018

Functional composites journal launched in partnership with KSCM

IOP Publishing and the Korean Society for Composite Materials (KSCM) have partnered to launch a new journal – Functional Composites and Structures (FCS). Co-owned by KSCM and IOP Publishing, FCS will deal with materials with mechanical integrity, whose functional properties can be achieved, promoted, or synergistically improved by a combination of two or more components....

29 Nov 2018

Trio of new journals publish their first papers

The first content has been published in three new additions to IOP Publishing’s journal portfolio – Electronic Structure, JPhys Energy and Plasma Research Express. The three journals were launched to cater for the needs of specific research communities. The first issue of Electronic Structure contains articles from six countries using both experimental and computational techniques,...

27 Nov 2018

Complex systems help explain how democracy is destabilised

Complex systems theory is usually used to study things like the immune system, global climate, ecosystems, transportation or communications systems. But with global politics becoming more unpredictable – highlighted by the UK’s vote for Brexit and the presidential elections of Donald Trump in the USA and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil – it is being used...

23 Nov 2018

Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work?

A program to reduce Earth’s heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret. Those are the key findings of new research published today in Environmental Research Letters, which looked at the capabilities and costs of various methods...

31 Oct 2018

Can bacteria colonies be good neighbours?

A team of German scientists have gained new insights into the way bacteria colonies interact. The researchers, from the Center for Nanoscience at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), used experiments and computer models to study the population dynamics of bacterial ecological systems. Their study, which focussed on different strains of the E. coli bacteria,...

16 Oct 2018

Dimensions Badges added to IOPscience

Researchers can now find extra detail on when, where and how their work with IOP Publishing (IOP) journals is being cited. A new agreement between Digital Science and IOP brings Digital Science’s Dimensions Badges to IOP’s journals platform, IOPscience. Available free to publishers whose content is entirely open access, or indexed as part of the...

11 Oct 2018

‘Sentinels of the sea’ at risk from changing climate

Climate change’s effect on coastal ecosystems is very likely to increase mortality risks of adult oyster populations in the next 20 years. That is the finding of a new study led by the University of Nantes, the LEMAR (the Marine Environmental Science Laboratory) in Plouzané and the Cerfacs (European center for research and advanced training...

11 Oct 2018

Ability to recover after ‘maximum effort’ is crucial to make football’s top flight

Footballers’ ability to recover after high-intensity effort may depend not on their age, but on their division level, a new study has suggested. A multinational team of scientists led by the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) carried out maximum-effort tests with Spanish division one and division two soccer players. They then measured the players’ oxygen...