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The March 2018 issue of Physics World is now out

01 Mar 2018 Matin Durrani
Image of the cover of the March 2018 issue of Physics World

I hope you’ve been enjoying the new-look Physics World website, which we launched earlier this week. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a vast improvement on what went before.

And as if the excitement of the new site wasn’t enough, I’m pleased to say that that the March 2018 issue of Physics World is also now out.

As always, selected articles from the magazine will appear on this website over the course of the month, but if you’re a member of the Institute of Physics, which publishes Physics World, you can read the entire March issue right now in digital format.

We also look at the career opportunities for physicists in environmental science, the research that goes on at US tape and adhesives giant 3M, as well as developments in technology that can help disabled people in everyday life.

Plus there are all the usual sections, including Reviews, Careers, Transactions and the ever-popular Lateral Thoughts.

Let us know what you think about the issue on TwitterFacebook or by e-mailing us at .

For the record, here’s a run-down of what else is in the issue.

  • Revitalizing Japanese physics – Japan is trying to boost its declining international competitiveness in science by attracting top foreign researchers. But as Matin Durrani finds out, working in Japan can be challenging to outsiders
  • Science in a changing world – Japan has traditionally been strong in science and technology, but Tateo Arimoto calls for the country to reform if it wants to stay ahead
  • Lighting the way – In the second of his new columns about physics in industry, James McKenzie looks at the lessons we can learn from the humble light bulb
  • The pioneer princess – Robert P Crease celebrates a woman who transformed how learned societies should be run
  • My invisible battle – The stigma around mental illness is slowly crumbling, with society becoming increasingly aware of the problem that affects an estimated one in four adults, from any walk of life. But what about attitudes within the academic community? A theoretical physicist tells their story of battling mental illness while pursuing a research career, raising the question of whether the community does enough to help
  • The Cybathlon challenge – Science and engineering are vital for developing “assistive technology” to help disabled people perform everyday tasks. But as Rachel Brazil finds out, a sporting contest called the Cybathlon has proved invaluable for discovering if the devices are fit for purpose
  • A sticky wonderland – Adhesives are everywhere, from the aerospace industry to the simple but infamous Post-it Note. Alaina G Levine visits adhesive-giant 3M Company’s main US innovation centre to find out more about the physics involved
  • Race to space and beyond – Tim Gregory reviews Ad Astra: an Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet by Dallas Campbell
  • Tale of the atom tamers – Tushna Commissariat reviews the new documentary film Let There Be Light: the 100 Year Journey to Fusion, directed by Mila Aung-Thwin
  • From physics to environmental science: a natural evolution? – Physics and environmental research are more compatible than you might first think. Kate Ravilious talks to three leading physicists-turned-environmental researchers, to find out about their journey
  • In the pursuit of inspiration – Martijn Boerkamp from Dutch start-up firm Inkless on what triggered him into physics

And don’t forget, if you have any thoughts on the issue do let us know on TwitterFacebook or by e-mailing us at

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