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News: October 2006

Mobile-phone network reveals the ties that bind

Statistical-mechanical study of mobile-phone use suggests that casual aquaintances keep social networks together

New particles turn up in the US

Fermilab physicists discover two new baryons

On the case of the "missing" helium

Computer simulation of low-mass stars could explain the shorftall in the measured amount of helium-3 in the cosmos

3D solar satellites blast off

A NASA mission with a unique view of the Sun will improve predictions of violent space weather

Underwater sound breaks the surface

Calculations challenge long-held belief that sound is not transmitted from water to air

Microparticles feel the pinch

Optical tweezers have been used to measure the refractive index of a single microparticle

Invisibility cloak unveiled in the US

Researchers take an important step towards a true cloak of invisibility

Researchers discover element 118

Controversy surrounding the heaviest known element comes to a close

Bubbles never forget

The singularities of bubble formation could shed light on black holes or supernovae

Splashing out against tumours

The physics of splashing water could lead to more effective cancer treatments

Laser controls chemical reaction rates

New technique could revolutionize catalysis

"Smust" soaks up ethane on Titan

Ethane on Saturn's largest moon Titan could be bound up in dusty smog particles, or "smust".

Now you see it, now you don't

Danish physicists have managed to light-up a cloud of atoms using light teleported from a source half a metre away.

Virus boosts nanoparticle memory

Computers of the future could be infected with the tobacco mosaic virus

UK physics department faces closure

University of Reading physicists are under threat

Physicist proves it’s location, location, location

Statistical mechanics provides surprising insights into where people shop

Quantum encryption sets long-distance record

The absolute distance record for dispatching a quantum key has been exceeded by more than 50%.

Nobel prize shared for cosmic microwave background studies

Mather and Smoot win Nobel Prize in Physics for shedding light on the origins of the Universe