The growth in “open-science hardware”, which is letting scientists in developing nations get their hands on cost-effective hi-tech equipment, is the cover story of Physics World magazine – out now in print and digital format.
The August 2018 issue also looks at how measurements of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays are testing our understanding of high-energy physics, as well as how analogue systems are shedding light on monopoles and black holes.
Elsewhere, discover our tips to create a fulfilling career and don’t miss our reviews of two great new biopics: one of actor-turned-scientist Hedy Lamarr and the other of Pakistani Nobel laureate Abdus Salam.
For the record, here’s a run-down of what else is in the issue.
• China targets gravitational-wave missions – The National Space Science Center in Beijing has announced the development of two space-based missions, including a fully fledged gravitational-wave detector, as Ling Xin reports
• Investing in the climate – Quintin Rayer and Richard Millar say that individual investors can play their part in encouraging firms to address climate change
• Running for office – Robert P Crease meets a physicist who is trying to get into politics – and finds out what you need to succeed
• AC/DC lessons – James McKenzie reveals what we can learn from the “current wars” between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison
• Meet the ultras – Ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays are the most energetic and rarest of particles in the universe – and also one of the most enigmatic. Benjamin Skuse reveals how cosmic-ray mysteries are continuing to test our understanding of high-energy physics
• Open-science hardware in the developing world – In the developing world it’s difficult to get and maintain the hi-tech equipment we associate with modern laboratories. But could open-science hardware provide a lifeline? Rachel Brazil investigates
• Studying impossible systems – How do you study a phenomenon that cannot be replicated on Earth? You study one that has nothing to do with it, but looks incredibly similar mathematically. Matthew R Francis examines how these analogue systems are being used to study monopoles and black holes
• A tale of two lives – Tushna Commissariat reviews Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story, directed by Alexandra Dean
• Abdus Salam back in the spotlight – Matin Durrani reviews Salam: the First ****** Nobel Laureate, directed by Anand Kamalakar and produced by Zakir Thaver and Omar Vandal.
• Thinking points for career bliss – Graduates and more experienced job-seekers alike need to be aware, willing and able to ensure they find the most fulfilling career path, says Jack Bailey
• Once a physicist – meet David Levey, a recently ordained Buddhist monk at the Oxford Buddha Vihara, Oxford, UK.
• How to answer cosmic queries – Jillian Scudder on the question people pose