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News: November 2006

Metamaterial bridges the terahertz gap

Array of microcircuits achieves sought after THz switching

Thinning thermosphere gives satellites a boost

Climate change in the upper atmosphere comes into focus

Fish cells swim circles around physics lab

Simple interactions keep single cells on course

To knot or not to knot

Physicists study the knotting behaviour of chains on bathroom plugs

Magnetic vortex flipping made easy

Gentle nudge leads to anti-vortex annihilation

Silicon becomes a superconductor

Physicists discover exceptionally high doping is the key

Hydrogen storage goes metal-free

New low-cost materials could accelerate the drive towards hydrogen vehicles

ITER fusion reactor gets final approval

Multinational consortium signs formal agreement to build research facility

Dark energy dates back nine billion years

Ancient supernovae cast light on our expanding universe

X-ray laser focuses on tiny objects

Technique could provide biologists with a new way to study extremely small organisms

Graphene makes its mark on spin

Physicists think that layers of graphite could be used in spin-based electronics

Climbing plants get wrapped up

Researchers discover how climbing plants twine

Gadget recharging goes wireless

Electromagnetic coupling could charge laptops and mobile phones over the air

Plants halt shifting sands

Competition between sand and vegetation drives dune dynamics

Spin measured without destruction

Laser technique could boost quantum computing

Moon’s surface is alive and gassing

Gas emissions continue to shape the lunar surface

Sound science behind glowing sugar

Ultrasound sparks light emission in piezoelectrics

Stuff of life descended from hazy skies

Aerosols could have contributed to the formation and nourishment of early life on Earth

Chiral liquid splits light by polarization

Fresnel's theory proved at long last

Antiprotons excel at cancer treatment

Exotic particles deliver a bigger bang to cancerous cells

Supersolid's existence remains in dispute

Bizarre hybrid of solid and fluid continues to baffle.

A Casimir force for good in MEMS design

Physicists take an important step towards taming the Casimir force

Hubble to get new lease of life

Space Shuttle astronauts will, after all, extend the life of the ageing Hubble telescope