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Still not even wrong

Podcast Ten years after his infamous anti-string-theory book, Peter Woit thinks the subject is more tangled than ever

What can you do with a Weyl semimetal?

Video Zahid Hasan explains why semimetals containing Weyl fermions could be ideal for examining a variety of theories

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Video Andrea Morello predicts uses for the quantum computers of the not-too-distant future



Taking the long view

Despite talk of skills shortages, most graduates in scientific disciplines take jobs outside science. Patrick White and Emma Smith reflect on why this is and what it means for the long-term career prospects of physics graduates


The descent of mass

Jon Cartwright talks to the physicists who are hoping to find a flaw in the equivalence principle



Unknown unknowns

Robert P Crease says people who raise “unknown unknowns” to promote a particular course of action are doing a disservice to science


Gender balance, one woman at a time

Can a female teacher help convince girls to study advanced physics? Physics teacher Debbie Hayton had a novel way of finding out



Finding the right boundaries

Roger Penrose’s book on “fashion, faith and fantasy” in physics asks excellent questions, but reviewer Chanda Prescod-Weinstein finds some of the answers wanting

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