Institute of Physics

Virtual water cannot remedy freshwater shortage

The implementation of virtual water into trading deals has been suggested as a realistic solution to solving the global inequality of renewable freshwater, but new research suggests that it may not be as revolutionary as ...

Jun 07, 2011
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Study: 'E-waste pollution' a threat to human health

In addition to its damaging effect on the environment and its illegal smuggling into developing countries, researchers have now linked e-waste to adverse effects on human health, such as inflammation and oxidative stress ...

May 30, 2011
5 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

Bats lend an ear to sonar engineering

Researchers have mapped out the diversity of bat ears in a hope to inspire the design of new intuitive methods of manipulating waves with physical shapes, such as SONAR and RADAR.

May 10, 2011
3.5 / 5 (2) 6 | with audio podcast

Space jets in a bottle

By creating space-like conditions in a slim 4m vessel, Italian researchers have helped confirm the behaviour of astrophysical jets – streams of charged particles shot out by supermassive black holes and young stars, ...

Apr 12, 2011
5 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Control the cursor with power of thought

The act of mind reading is something usually reserved for science-fiction movies but researchers in America have used a technique, usually associated with identifying epilepsy, for the first time to show that ...

Apr 07, 2011
5 / 5 (1) 2 | with audio podcast

Physicists use graphene to decode DNA

Genome sequencing will have a profound effect on our understanding of genetic biology and could usher in a day when doctor and patient are able to review individual genome sequences to fully personalise medical ...

Dec 01, 2010
5 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

When Belgium sneezes, the world catches a cold

As the eurozone continues to wobble, new analysis of countries' economic interconnectedness finds that some of the countries with the greatest potential to cause a global crash have surprisingly small gross domestic production.

Nov 25, 2010
2.8 / 5 (4) 2 | with audio podcast