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Flash Physics: Tornado mystery solved at long last, nanoparticles self-heal, firm bags £35m nuclear contract

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Squeezed light plays a quantum drum

Microscopic drum cooled below quantum limit

Flash Physics: Huge wave seen on Venus, why some galaxies die early, free-electron laser opens in China

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Stretchable transistor could be a second skin

Devices could monitor blood glucose levels

Flash Physics: Species diversity explained, how turbulence affects wind farms, astronomical society awards medals

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

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Polymer welding with thulium lasers

Welding clear-to-clear polymers with thulium fibre lasers. A white paper from IPG Photonics

Quantum Science and Technology publishes first issue


We are delighted to announce that the first issue of our exciting new IOP Publishing journal, Quantum Science and Technology (QST), has now been published online. All articles published in this first issue are currently free to read until the end of 2017. Start reading these fascinating first papers today.

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Book of the Year 2016

Podcast Physics World book experts Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris discuss a few of the best popular-physics books of 2016 and announce the winner of the magazine’s annual book award

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Cuckoo forgeries – a bird's-eye view

Liz Kalaugher describes how researchers are visualizing how birds see to work out why they don’t reject cuckoo eggs


Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity



This time it's different

Robert P Crease claims the traditional model of scientific authority is defunct



Bright ideas and their architects

Stephen Wolfram's collection of essays details big ideas and the people who thought of them, although some of the tales are rather partial, says Tony Mann


Tracing the path towards totality

Tyler Nordgren’s book on the history, science and beauty of a total solar eclipse flows between personal experiences and scientific facts, writes Shadia Habbal

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