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World's most sensitive dark-matter search comes up empty handed

"Nightmare scenario" looms as LUX sees no WIMPs

Snell's law for spin waves measured at long last

Law deviates from that governing light and could lead to "magnonic" devices of the future

3D display exploits twisted light

Images are encoded in orbital angular momentum of photons

'Radiation friction' could make huge magnetic fields with lasers

Proposal for measuring poorly understood effect could boost laboratory astrophysics

Nearby supernovae could have affected life on Earth

Events over the past nine million years may have altered evolution

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