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New medical probe combines sound and electromagnetic induction

Technique could give doctors a “feel” for internal organs

How to avoid earthquakes when storing carbon dioxide underground

Mapping faults and monitoring seismicity could make storage less risky

Charging up with jumping droplets

Energy-harvesting device taps into atmospheric humidity

Scattered neutrons could mimic DAMA-LIBRA's 'dark matter' modulation

New model proposes muons and neutrinos produce neutron signal

Portugal slashes funding for physics research

Government plans to prioritize excellent research

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Beam spot size as a function of excitation levels of magnetic quadrupoles

An overview of the focusing properties of magnetic quadrupoles and how beam spot size can be determined using arc segment emitters. A white paper from Integrated Engineering Software

New: 2D Materials publishes its first articles


2D Materials is a new multidisciplinary journal devoted to publishing fundamental and applied research of the highest quality and impact covering all aspects of graphene and related two-dimensional materials.

Free to read for the whole of 2014, the first articles and video abstracts in the journal have now been published. 2D Materials welcomes high-quality submissions from across the community that report significant advances in the fundamental properties, novel applications or manufacture of any class of two-dimensional material.

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Portrait of a radio icon

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Theories of the dark side

Jeff Forshaw reviews "state of play" for various theories about the nature of dark matter and dark energy



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



A century of general relativity

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

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