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News: September 2006

Doughnuts cause stars to gain weight

Astronomers find new evidence that could explain how massive stars are formed.

BECs confound at higher temperatures

Bose--Einstein condensates sidestep convention

Japan launches satellite to study the Sun

Satellite that could warn of dangerous solar explosions was launched successfully on Saturday

Stresses determine the shape of life

The physics of microtubules could explain why patterns form in living organisms

Magnet falls freely in superconducting tube

Physicists predict a new twist on a popular classroom demonstration

Impossible supernova confounds astronomers

Re-evaluation of astronomical distances could be necessary

Newton, Einstein and a monstrous calf

Royal Society archive sheds light on science’s fascinating past

Pulsars prove Einstein right (nearly)

General relativity comes out with almost flying colours in new double-pulsar test

Quantum back-action has a cooling effect

Researchers have controlled the temperature of a mechanical system by measuring its position.

Slow death for a hot topic

Research into high-temperature superconductors could soon cease, citation study suggests

Superlens microscope gets up close

First direct near-field optical images are obtained using a superlens

Bubbles collapse without weight

Scientists carry out novel experiments on "cavitation" under microgravity conditions

Spin Hall effect detected at room temperature

Phenomenon could be exploited in spintronic devices

Earth-like planets form in the wake of giants

One third of known planetary systems could contain planets like Earth

Superconducting qubits get entangled

Two quantum bits made from superconducting materials have been entangled for the first time

Grand deuterium challenge unveiled

Researchers propose a way to directly measure the amount of deuterium in the early Universe

Atom optics moves into space

Researchers want to put an atom interferometer on a spacecraft to test fundamental physics