Institute of Physics

Man-made aurora to help predict space weather

(PhysOrg.com) -- For more than 25 years, our understanding of terrestrial space weather has been partly based on incorrect assumptions about how nitrogen, the most abundant gas in our atmosphere, reacts when ...

Jun 08, 2010
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Physicists study the classics for hidden truths

The truth behind some of the world's most famous historical myths, including Homer's epic, the Iliad, has been bolstered by two researchers who have analysed the relationships between the myths' characters and compared them ...

Jul 24, 2012
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Brain process takes paper shape

A paper-based device that mimics the electrochemical signalling in the human brain has been created by a group of researchers from China.

Feb 12, 2014
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Physics could be behind the secrets of crop-circle artists

In this month's edition of Physics World, Richard Taylor, director of the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon, takes a serious, objective look at a topic that critics might claim is beyond scientific understanding ...

Aug 01, 2011
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Plasma-based treatment goes viral

Life-threatening viruses such as HIV, SARS, hepatitis and influenza, could soon be combatted in an unusual manner as researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of plasma for inactivating and preventing ...

Dec 05, 2011
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0.2 second test for explosive liquids

(PhysOrg.com) -- Since a failed terrorist attack in 2006, plane passengers have not been able to carry bottles of liquid through security at airports, leaving some parched at the airport and others having ...

Oct 20, 2009
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