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Physics World Weekly offers a unique insight into the latest news, breakthroughs and innovations from the global scientific community. Our award-winning journalists reveal what has captured their imaginations about the stories in the news this week, which might span anything from quantum physics and astronomy through to materials science, environmental research and policy, and biomedical science and technology. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World web ...
 
Physics is full of captivating stories, from ongoing endeavours to explain the cosmos to ingenious innovations that shape the world around us. In the Physics World Stories podcast, Andrew Glester talks to the people behind some of the most intriguing and inspiring scientific stories. Listen to the podcast to hear from a diverse mix of scientists, engineers, artists and other commentators. Find out more about the stories in this podcast by visiting the Physics World website. If you enjoy what ...
 
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This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Danna Freedman, who uses synthetic chemistry to create quantum bits (qubits). Based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Freedman explains how this bottom-up approach allows her team to create quantum technologies on a molecular scale. Freedman explains why this ap…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Angela Olinto, who is principal investigator of the EUSO-SPB2 mission. EUSO stands for Extreme Universe Space Observatory and SPB refers a super pressure balloon, which will soon be hoisting the experiment to an altitude of 33 km. There it will spend about 100 days detectin…
 
This episode features an interview with the scientists Michelle Bell and Scott Goetz, who are editors-in-chief of two new environmental journals from IOP Publishing. Bell is a professor of environmental health at Yale University and has helped launched the journal Environmental Research: Health. She talks about her research on how the greening of u…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast Katherine Morris of the University of Manchester explains how her research on environmental radiochemistry will lead to better ways of storing nuclear waste and remediating contaminated sites. She also talks about how her team uses the UK’s Diamond Light Source to better understand the chemistry o…
 
Long-term listeners will know that the December episode of Physics World Stories is a celebration of the year’s best popular-science writing. This year, Andrew Glester is joined by comedian and writer Robin Ince, author of the recent book The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity and host of the longstanding BBC Radio 4…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Andrew Cheng, who is a lead scientist on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) space mission. In September 2022 the DART spacecraft smashed into an asteroid and was successful in changing the orbit of that near-Earth object. DART was conceived and executed by NASA and…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features a lively discussion about our Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2022. Physics World editors discuss the merits of research on a broad range of topics including nuclear physics, optoelectronics, medical physics and astronomy. The top 10 serves as the shortlist for the Physics World Breakthrough of the …
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, collision expert Michael Hall explains how Newtonian physics is used to piece together what happened in motor vehicle accidents, sometimes revealing insurance fraud. Hall is a physicist and head of research at GBB – a company in Preston, UK, that provides impartial scientific, forensic and engine…
 
This month’s episode of the Physics World Stories podcast looks in depth at the science behind the 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics and the technologies that are emerging as a result. Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger shared this year’s award “for their experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell’s inequalities a…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast we meet Adrian Mancuso, who is the new Physical Science Director at the UK’s Diamond Light Source. The physicist talks about his plans for the national synchrotron lab, and chats about the myriad research that is done at synchrotrons and related facilities called free electron lasers. Also in this…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast the physicist Susanne Horn talks about the career of Donna Elbert, an American applied mathematician who worked on Nobel-prize-winning physics but did not get the credit she deserved. Based at Coventry University, Horn also talks about her recent research, which builds on Elbert’s pioneering work …
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, Elena Cuoco of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) explains how multimessenger astronomy will benefit from artificial intelligence. Multimessenger astronomy involves studying an object using a variety of different signals such as gravitational waves, light, neutrinos, X-rays and more. Cu…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast looks at the challenges and opportunities facing companies in the quantum-technology sector. Our first guest is Rafal Janik, who is chief operating officer of Xanadu. He explains that the Canada-based company is developing both hardware and software for quantum computers. Janik also talks about the c…
 
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is about to kick off in Qatar, with millions of football fans across the planet set to be gripped by sporting drama. But in the years leading up to the event, concerns have been raised over the environmental impact of the seven huge new stadia that have been built in and around Doha for the event. In this episode of Physics …
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast we celebrate #BlackInPhysics week (24–28 October), which is an annual event that is dedicated to celebrating Black physicists and revealing a more complete picture of what a physicist looks like. The theme for 2022 is “finding joy in the diverse Black community” and Physics World – together with P…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, we meet Markku Ylönen, who is co-founder and chief technology officer of the Finnish company Polar Night Energy. The firm has created a “sand battery” that stores excess renewable energy as heat, and can be used to smooth out variations in supply that occur when the Sun isn’t shining and the wind…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, the physicist and nuclear forensics expert Tom Scott sings the praises of careers in the nuclear industry and explains why tracing illicit radioactive materials benefits from a multidisciplinary approach. Based at the UK’s University of Bristol, he also describes new type of battery that runs on …
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast focuses on the 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics, which is shared by Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for their experimental work on the quantum entanglement of photons. The physicist and historian of science David Kaiser is on hand to talk about the physics and philosophy of entanglement. H…
 
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