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Einstein Year is being coordinated by the Institute of Physics. For media enquiries please contact the Einstein Year team, email:, tel: 020 7470 4800, fax: 020 7470 4991.


Festive excuses for scrooges - To round-off Einstein Year, physicists at the Institute of Physics have calculated the energy consumed – and the CO2 emissions created – by the most familiar (and to some, the least welcome) festive activities in the week leading up to Christmas.

A massive experiment plans to investigate how the universe began - Imagine a science laboratory. Now imagine this laboratory consists of a huge 27 km circular tunnel and is being built one hundred metres below the ground in Geneva, Switzerland. Sounds like something out of James Bond doesn’t it? But this laboratory belongs to CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, and the scientists working here are hoping to uncover the secrets of how the universe began.

Students Shape Up For Einstein Year - Physics students at Dublin City University took a break from the usual lecture format to spell out the most famous equation of all time, E=MC².

Visions of Science - Einstein Year Award Announced - Visions of Science is a photographic awards scheme, which rewards attention-grabbing images that give new insight into the world of science and the workings of nature. This year, a special Einstein Year award was given for the most creative image showing the wonder and ingenuity of contemporary physics.

Physics Poem '05 - Members of public helped create a giant physics poem chalked in huge letters on the pavement surrounding Cabot Hall in Bristol.

A New Website that Seriously Kicks Ass! - Ever fancied yourself as Jackie Chan or Lucy Liu? Ever wondered how they break wood, concrete and bricks with their bare hands? Now you can learn everything there is to know about the ancient martial art of Kung Fu – including the science behind it – at the new kickass multimedia website from the Institute of Physics.

Go For It! resource is launched - A fantastic new science pack for girl guides has been launched, encouraging guides to make science come alive with mind boggling experiments.

Time Competition winner - Alice Perrett has won a summer placement at NPL with her winning entry to our Time competition; "If I could freeze time for ten minutes, I would confirm once and for all whether it is arrow shaped or not".

Einstein's Babies - You don't need to be a rocket scientist to make a career out of physics these days. Fifty years after the death of Albert Einstein, the Times met the men and women who are making a big bang in everything from film-making to international finance - and there's not a nerd in sight.

What the Bleep do we Know? - 'What the Bleep do we Know?' is a new film that uses Quantum Physics to explain spirituality. In America it is now the third highest-grossing documentary ever, and Madonna has called it "incredibly thought-provoking and inspiring". Meanwhile the film has been widely criticised for mixing established scientific theory with mysticism and speculation.

Einstein@Home screensaver is live! - Help with the search for gravitational waves without ever leaving the comfort of your own home by downloading the Einstein@Home screensaver for your computer.

Stellar Poems Win National Competition - the BA have announced the winners of 'Universe', a poetry competition based around the themes of time, space and energy. The impressive results were picked from over 2,000 entries in five age categories.

Who killed Prof Jaeger? - Rufus Jaeger, a world-famous physicist, is killed while demonstrating a live quantum experiment on stage - but was it an accident? Follow's murder mystery to track down the killer.

Time Twins game now on-line - Have a go at playing Time Twins, the new Einstein Year game! Can you fight off the aliens to save your twin brother?

Rapper says E=mc2 = True love - East London rap DJ Vader turns Einstein's theory of special relativity into a love song - Einstein (not enough time).

Millennium prize goes to web inventor - Physics graduate and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has been given the first ever Millennium Technology Prize.

Einstein Year Site Launches - Einstein Year site launches in time for the second meeting of national coordinators for World Year of Physics in Montreal.