Physics joins the fight against the coronavirus, philosophical differences of physics and chemistry, escape to an exotic exoplanet – Physics World

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The novel coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic has only been known for a few months but scientists have already gained a vast amount of information about it. Some of this knowledge has been gained by structural biologists who use techniques first developed by physicists. In this podcast episode, the science journalist Jon Cartwright explains what X-ray crystallography and other techniques tell us about how the virus reproduces.

Also featured in this episode is the philosopher Vanessa Seifert, who is fascinated by the relationships between chemistry and quantum physics. We also travel to exotic exoplanets and chat about our fantastic student contributors.

We are all working at home here on Physics World, so this podcast was recorded using laptop microphones rather than the usual professional equipment.

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