With age comes failing eyesight, but Helen Gleeson hopes her team’s research into liquid-crystal contact lenses that can switch focus may provide a solution
Stephen Ornes explores the technological and physiological challenges facing scientists as they endeavour to get humans to the red planet by the 2030s
Swarms of midges exhibit many of the unusual characteristics of collective behaviour. Jennifer Ouellette meets one physicist who studies them with sound
Jon Cartwright examines some of the technologies that are helping blind physicists to progress in and contribute to the subject
With local residents still unable to return to their homes near the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear-power plant, Bruce Drinkwater and Rob Malkin describe their travels to Japan to see...
Imre Bartos gives the low-down on the Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2017, in which two neutron stars were seen to collide from the gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation...
As bacteria evolve to fend off traditional antibiotics, nanomaterials may play a key role in tackling infectious disease
Johan Wåhlin and Alex Klein-Paste explain why millions of tonnes of salt are spread on icy roads every year in the pursuit of safe driving conditions
Jennifer Ouellette explores the controversially counterintuitive phenomenon of hot water freezing faster than cold – and why some scientists think a reverse effect may even occur too
Antoine Kouchner and Véronique Van Elewyck explain why the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is the ideal place to look for neutrinos from space