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NASA's Stardust mission snares first dust from beyond the solar system

Analysis begins on seven particles that could be of interstellar origin

Nearby galaxy harbours rarest type of black hole

M82's black hole is 400 times the Sun's mass

Making better solar cells with polychiral carbon nanotubes

New device absorbs across a wider portion of the solar spectrum

Electrons in magnetic field reveal surprises

Quantum properties dictate electrons' rotational frequency

Going mobile with NMR spectroscopy

Technology miniaturized to fit sand-grain-sized chip

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The 2013 Impact Factors, published by Thomson Reuters, once again show growth for many of the journals published by IOP Publishing (IOP).

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The International Conference on Physics Education kicks off

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A SKA for astronomy

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Sean Carroll's guide to making better science movies

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The power and pitfalls of science advice

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Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

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Scientific booms and busts

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