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07 Jun 2019

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become more habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to...

29 May 2019

Secure metropolitan quantum networks move a step closer

Successful new field tests of a continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD) system over commercial fiber networks could pave the way to its use in metropolitan areas. That is the key achievement from a joint team of Chinese scientists, published today in Quantum Science and Technology, which demonstrates CV-QKD transmission over commercial deployed fiber link with...

22 May 2019

New method could shed light on workers’ historical radiation exposure

Researchers in the UK have developed a new method for evaluating plutonium workers’ historical internal radiation exposure in a study funded by the National Institute for Health Research. They focussed their efforts on workers employed at the start of plutonium operations at the Sellafield (formerly Windscale) nuclear reprocessing facility in the UK. In a paper...

03 May 2019

How could a changing climate affect human fertility?

Human adaptation to climate change may include changes in fertility, according to a new study by an international group of researchers. They found that, through its economic effects, climate change could have a substantial impact on fertility, as people decide how much time and money they devote to child-rearing, and whether to use those resources...

30 Apr 2019

Summer extremes of 2018 linked to stalled giant waves in jet stream

Record breaking heatwaves and droughts in North America and Western Europe, torrential rainfalls and floods in South-East Europe and Japan – the summer of 2018 brought a series of extreme weather events that occurred almost simultaneously around the Northern Hemisphere in June and July. These extremes had something in common, a new study published today...

17 Apr 2019

NASA study verifies global warming trends

A new study by researchers from NASA has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the ‘skin’ temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to 2017. They compared these with station-based analyses of surface air temperature anomalies –...

12 Apr 2019

Black hole discovery sparks global interest in AAS journal

On Wednesday, researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. Their image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. The black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth and has...

09 Apr 2019

Machine Learning: Science and Technology – a new open-access journal from IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing is launching Machine Learning: Science and Technology, a new fully open access, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the application and development of machine learning for the sciences. The application of machine learning methods is rapidly emerging as a powerful tool for new scientific discovery. It is playing an increasingly important role in a diverse...

02 Apr 2019

New thermal ablation method for adenoma shows promise

Researchers from the USA (Kansas State University) and the Republic of Ireland (the National University of Ireland Galway) have completed a successful initial test of a new microwave thermal ablation technique, which could eventually be used to treat Conn’s syndrome. Conn’s syndrome occurs when a benign adrenal gland adenoma causes the production of excess aldosterone,...

01 Apr 2019

Engineering Research Express – a new journal from IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing has introduced Engineering Research Express (ERX) as a new addition to its journal portfolio. ERX will publish experimental and theoretical research covering topics extending across all areas of engineering science, including interdisciplinary fields. It will have broad subject coverage, a fast-track peer-review process and an inclusive editorial selection process focused on scientific rigour...

28 Mar 2019

Reviewer of the Year Awards 2018

As part of IOP Publishing’s commitment to recognise and reward peer review, it has announced its Reviewer Awards winners for 2018. The best reviewers from each journal have been carefully selected by IOP’s Editors based on the quality, quantity and timeliness of their reviews. Most journals have chosen one person to receive the Reviewer of...