This is an undergraduate journal for year 4 (MPhys) students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester. The journal accepts brief articles on topics original to the authors. It does not accept reviews or summaries of other peoples work. It is managed by an editorial board which rotates round the student body overseen by a member of staff. The journal forms part of the assessed element of the MPhys degree. Assessment is by number and quality of accepted publications and referee reports.
The model for a perfect human pyramid
Physics students from the University of Leicester have calculated the formula for a perfect human pyramid – and have found that the best suited candidates are groups of men, women and children rather than formations of ...
Physics students devise concept for Star Wars-style deflector shields
If you have often imagined yourself piloting your X-Wing fighter on an attack run on the Death Star, you'll be reassured that University of Leicester students have demonstrated that your shields could take whatever the Imperial ...
Superman's solar-powered feats break a fundamental law of physics
It goes without saying that Superman can accomplish some pretty spectacular feats. But according to students, the Man of Steel actually achieves the impossible – by breaking the fundamental physics law of conservation of ...
Students show Wallace and Gromit 'Wrong Trousers' are scientifically possible for a short period of time
In the classic 1993 Wallace & Gromit film The Wrong Trousers Gromit receives a pair of ex-NASA robotic Techno Trousers from Wallace for his birthday which allows for its wearer to walk on walls – and physics students from ...
Can you drive fast enough to avoid being clocked by speed cameras?
Anyone wanting to avoid being caught out by speed cameras can do so very simply - by obeying the speed limits.
Usain Bolt's superhuman speed would give him the power of flight on Titan
We all know Usain Bolt is one of the fastest people on Earth. Now, students have shown his superhuman speeds would actually allow him to fly like a bird on one of Saturn's moons while wearing a wingsuit.
Racing cars on walls would be possible, according to student paper
Driving a racing car at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground could be possible with the right track design, suggest University of Leicester students
"Gravity"-style space debris threat from giant satellite explored in student paper
Physics students at the University of Leicester have pointed out that the huge observational satellite Envisat – which lost contact with Earth in 2012 – could potentially pose a threat similar to the events which plague ...
To infinity and beyond: Teleporting humans into space
In the science fiction show, Star Trek, teleportation is a regular and significant feature. But how much time and power is required to send the data needed to teleport a human being?