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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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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…
 
Particle accelerators play important roles across a wide range of science, medicine and engineering. They also tend to be very large and expensive facilities, which means that beam time on accelerators – be it for developing new materials or treating cancer – is precious and in short supply. Lasers offer a way of accelerating particles in much smal…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Michelle Oyen, who works at the intersection of materials science and women’s health. The biomechanical engineer and biophysicist tells Physics World’s Margaret Harris how a chance telephone call from an obstetrician piqued her interest in human reproduction, which is curre…
 
Researchers in the United Kingdom are facing an uncertain future, due to a political spat about the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe – Europe’s flagship research funding programme. Following Brexit, the UK was set to become an official associate within the scheme, which brings funding and leadership opportunities within European projects. This …
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast the theoretical nuclear physicist Paul Stevenson talks about the challenges and opportunities of using quantum computers to solve difficult mathematical problems in nuclear physics. Based at the University of Surrey, Stevenson has received a grant from UK Research and Innovation to develop new alg…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, the explosion expert Sam Rigby talks about his research, which focusses on protecting people, buildings and vehicles from explosions. A structural engineer at the UK’s University of Sheffield, Rigby chats about the physics of explosions and describes a testing range that he and his colleagues use…
 
This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Sumner Norman, who is chief neuroscientist at the US-based company AE Studio. The firm is creating an operating system for brain–computer interfaces (BCIs) and Norman explains how BCIs could benefit people with neurological disorders and injuries.…
 
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast, we meet a trio of scientists who are involved in different projects at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow, UK. David Stothard, co-head of lasers and laser systems at Fraunhofer, talks about the challenges of creating a device to detect leaks of hydrogen gas. Senior researcher …
 
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