Physicsfocus will no longer be publishing new posts. We will, however, be looking at new ways of engaging the physics community online in the near future. We’d like to thank all our contributors and readers for the past two-and-a-bit years, 120 posts and 790 comments. It’s been a pleasure.
Far back in the mists of time, in the great and glorious days of Britpop, Forrest Gump, and John Major’s “Back to Basics”, I was a postdoc. It was my first postdoctoral position after completing my PhD at Dublin City University in late 1993 and I loved the research I was doing, the working environment, […]
Yesterday marked a year since Australia’s conservative Liberal-National Coalition were swept to victory in the country’s federal election. For Australian scientists, it’s been a tough 12 months.
It’s our birthday: Physics Focus first began publishing a year ago today. Since then, we’ve run 78 articles from 27 different writers, and attracted more than 500 comments from readers. We’ve covered everything from supernovae to storytelling, and from nuclear to nonsense. Here are some of the highlights from our first 12 months.
Earlier this month NASA announced that the International Space Station (ISS) had been granted a life extension. On track to end operations in 2020, it will now keep humming until 2024. It is, on the whole, good news: we may not realize it but research done on the ISS trickles down to benefit us Earth-bound […]
The President of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, John McDougall, caused quite a blogstorm, and set Twitter alight, at the end of last month when he said: “Scientific discovery is not valuable unless it has commercial value.” The tweets below give a good indication of the consensus view among the Twitterati. I don’t […]