Drayson Foundation donation to tackle the girls in physics conundrum

Main Point: A pilot programme designed to counter the factors that turn many schoolgirls away from physics is due to

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Should physicists work to the sound of silence?

Main Points: In this month’s issue of Physics World, Felicity Mellor, a senior lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London,

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Distant black hole is spinning at half the speed of light

Main Point: Astronomers at the University of Michigan have, for the first time, directly measured the spin of a distant

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The now and future NIF

The high-energy lasers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) employ exquisite pulse-shaping control to achieve

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Bacterial Biofilms: Fast and Slow Streamers

Unwanted, harmful bacterial cells can be found fouling surfaces everywhere from lifesaving medical devices to toe-jamming pond scum — often

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Physics as a new way of exploring evolution

One of the basic drivers of evolution is natural selection, the gradual process by which traits take hold or disappear

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Toward Faster, Cooler 3-D Printers

3-D printing, which can make a solid object of virtually any shape, requires discharging a fine metallic powder or plastic

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Anti-Icing strategy inspired by Ice Skating

At the surface of frozen water, even at temperatures below 0 °C, ice’s hexagonal structure breaks down and forms a

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Understanding Earthquake Lights

Researchers appear to be on the brink of an explanation for lightning strikes that sometimes precede earthquakes. Unlike normal lightning,

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Feynman’s lecture brought to life in science doodle

Main Point: In this month’s edition of Physics World, professional “science doodler” Perrin Ireland gives her unique take on one of

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