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High-gain optical transistors flipped by just one photon

Devices created using Rydberg states of ultracold atoms

Self-assembly and plasmonics could join forces to boost solar energy

New method allows 200 fluorescent molecules to be arranged around a gold nanoparticle

New correction to speed of light could explain SN1987 neutrino burst

Gravitational effect on virtual particles violates equivalence principle

Paradoxical pigeons are the latest quantum conundrum

Electron interferometry could test new quantum effect

CERN accelerators come alive for LHC restart

Multitude of experiments will be switched on during the next four months

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Sean Carroll's guide to making better science movies

Podcast Cosmologist Sean Carroll discusses his other life as a science adviser to Hollywood

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Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

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Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease

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Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

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