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Today’s physics news: Long space flight can make astronauts’ skin thinner, and a nascent ‘Kuiper belt’

By SophieH | 28 May, 2015 | 0 Comments

How can we stop big science hoovering up all the research funding? As science money is increasingly awarded to a small number of expensive projects, some academics argue that a new funding system is needed. Big science costs big money. The 100,000 Genomes Project will burn through £300m by the time researchers sequence the genetic […]

Today’s physics news: Seasonal noctilucent clouds are back, and Nobel laureate to sell off prize gold medal

By SophieH | 27 May, 2015 | 0 Comments

Watch the skies: the season for rare and mysterious noctilucent clouds is here Noctilucent clouds shimmer in the twilight summer sky on the very edge of space itself. These rare apparitions could be warning us about climate change. Sky watchers in the northern hemisphere prepare: the 2015 noctilucent cloud season has begun. These beautiful, rare […]

Today’s physics news: Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation, and Putin’s space dream dragged into £1bn black hole

By SophieH | 26 May, 2015 | 0 Comments

What’s hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more […]

Today’s physics news: First man to walk in space launches new Science Museum exhibition devoted to Russia’s space programme, and the latest on the test collisions at the LHC

By SophieH | 22 May, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sheet lightning Electric cars need better batteries. Graphene may help. SEARCHING for a way to make an electric car that is truly competitive with its petrol and diesel equivalents is frustrating. The lithium-ion batteries used to store the juice which powers such cars are almost cheap enough and almost long-lasting enough to do so, but […]

Today’s physics news: Experiments probing the root of quantum weirdness, and a spacecraft sailing on sunbeams begins test flight

By SophieH | 21 May, 2015 | 0 Comments

Quantum physics: What is really real? Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud. Ever since they invented quantum theory in the early 1900s, explains Maroney, who is himself a physicist at the University of Oxford, UK, they have been talking about how strange it is — […]

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