Feature articles

How networking can bolster diversity in physics

Physicists who want to solve the world’s great challenges don’t just need deep technical expertise, but also excellent networking skills. Claire Malone explains that getting the most out of networking is all a question of practice – and providing those opportunities is key to increasing diversity in physics

Physics World, December 2023

Applications of quantum mechanics at the beach

How does sunscreen work on the atomic level?

Symmetry Magazine, August 2023

A cosmological headache

For over a century, scientists have wondered what is counteracting the force of gravity in the universe.

Symmetry Magazine, June 2023

Opinion pieces

ChatGPT one year on: Who is using it, how and why?

In just a year, ChatGPT has permeated scientific research. Seven scientists reveal what they have learnt about how the chatbot should — and shouldn’t — be used.

Nature, November 2023

How better science communication can benefit everyone

Claire Malone says that both physicists and the public benefit if researchers make science communication central to their day-to-day activities 

Physics World, September 2022

The benefits of making a more accessible discipline

Claire Malone highlights the importance of creating a better working environment for those with physical disabilities 

Physics World, May 2022

Book Reviews

Explaining the origin of life with physics

Claire Malone reviews Molecular Storms: the Physics of Stars, Cells and the Origin of Life by Liam Graham

Physics World, March 2023

Baffled by the big questions in science? String theorist Michael Dine thinks he has the answers

Claire Malone reviews This Way to the Universe: a Journey into Physics by Michael Dine

Physics World, January 2023

Blog Posts

Towards a standardized dialogue: Psilocybin-containing mushroom dosing conversation

The burgeoning entheogenic movement, emboldened by the promising results of psychedelic research, faces a myriad of questions and challenges as it strides towards mainstream acceptance. Central to these challenges is the conversation around dosing, especially concerning psilocybin-containing mushrooms. This post endeavors to delve into potential trajectories this conversation might take, underpinned by three hot takes that beckon a shift from conventional paradigms to more precise and scientifically grounded narratives.

in collaboration with Ian Bollinger of Critical Consulting, October 2023

Earthsong: Science-inspired poetry against climate change at the Great Exhibition Road Festival

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing scientific and technological challenges of our time. However, at the centre of many of the solutions to this global problem are people – our attitudes and behaviours.

Poetry is able to convey and emphasise messages that, even though we can be presented with them in “black and white”, only really hit home in the form of rhyme and verse.

Poets for the Planet, October 2021