Channel 4 broadcast a brilliant
program on lightning - read about research on Sprites here
Don't forget to look at the
'In the News' section too! - lots of
interesting topical links in there!
articles have been selected because they will broaden your understanding
of the physics we have studied and make you aware of current stories
in the national press that relate to scientific matters. How much
genuine interest and enthusiasm you have for a subject is examined
in the Oxbridge entrance examinations, for which you will be expected
to write an essay. Wide background knowledge (or lack of it!) is
also evident at interview.
are NOT to be 'learnt' - they are intended to expand the context
in which you study detail as outlined in the syllabus. The language
in some of them is not 'easy' but you will need to broaden your
vocabulary as you study and to be able to tackle such material at
university - it is better to start now! Do not try to understand
EVERYTHING - you will not! Just expand your appreciation of a topic
by taking in some of the points and using them to colour your 'mental
picture' of a topic... to give it more depth and perspective!
If you come
across a news report or magazine article in your reading that you
think will be of interest to the group please let me know... also
if an article is no longer help on the magazine/paper's server please
a close encounter - Britons plan celestial parties as Red Planet
reaches its nearest point to Earth in 60,000 years
water thrown on Mars theory - Lack of minerals shows red planet
never had oceans, scientists say
is fading away, say astronomers
5 looks to big names in science as new stars of the small screen
of finding life on Mars dry up
from Physics World - Institute of Physics Magazine - ask a member
of Staff for the latest copy - we keep them in school...
the laws of nature changing with time?
and future Mars
physics: the next generation
magnet in the cosmos
New particle is double trouble for physicists