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News: May 2006

Property market set to slump

US house prices have reached record levels and could soon be heading for a fall, says physicist

How to make an object invisible

Theorists believe that metamterials could be used to make objects invisible

Heavy ions feel the squeeze

Physicists perform the first experiment in which heavy ions are fired at solids under high pressure

Amateur astronomers prove their mettle

A new extra-solar planet has been discovered with the help of a group of amateurs.

Silver clusters go magnetic

Simulations suggest that silver atoms become magnetic when arranged into clusters

Change of focus for liquid crystals

Researchers create a tuneable liquid-crystal lens

Magnetic fields go to the maximum

Theorists calculate highest possible magnetic field

LEDs move into the ultraviolet

A diode that emits light at the shortest wavelength is made

Quantum gases in 3D

Physicists have trapped bosons and fermions together in a three-dimensional optical lattice

New look for "Newton's bucket"

Physicists create six-cornered polygons on the surface of water

Ships shed light on geomagnetic field

Data from old ships' logs suggest the weakening of Earth's magnetic field is a recent phenomenon

How Triton met Neptune

New model suggests Neptune's largest moon was originally part of a binary system

Titan in pictures

New movies show Huygens' dramatic descent onto Titan

Hottest topic in physics revealed

A new index shows that carbon nanotubes are the most widely studied topic in physics

Cyclic universe could explain cosmological constant

Theoretical model of the universe could explain why the acceleration of the universe is expanding

Ice freezes at room temperature

Water acts like a glue between nanoscale surfaces

Plastics go metallic

A new method can make polyaniline films with all the hallmarks of a metal