British Science Week: Physics celebrate extraordinary innovations

British Science Week is a 10-day celebration of innovations and achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Organised by the British Science Association, this year’s virtual event featured online activities, webinars, stories and courses from organisations and educational institutions to inspire young people.

At WQE, our Physics team has been reflecting on some of the most extraordinary innovations in STEM over the past year.


Mars Perseverance

This incredible mission to collect rock samples on Mars and return them to Earth has only just begun with the landing of the Perseverance mission. There will be a later rover landing on Mars that will collect more samples.

Whilst the mission has been led by NASA this has been a truly international project with components made across the world including Europe and the UK. The second rover due to arrive on Mars in 2023 has been made in Stevenage in the UK.

To learn more about the mission and for updates, visit:


Long-distance quantum teleportation is achieved

A team of researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Harvard University, Caltech, AT&T, the Department of Energy’s Fermilab and the University of Calgary reported that they managed to teleport qubits of photons across approx. 27 miles (43.4523 kilometers) of fiber-optic cable, per Fermilab.

In a major breakthrough, quantum internet is now one step closer to becoming reality.

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