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News: November 2007

New boss selected for ESRF

Italian physicist to take helm of lab

Neutrinos could probe Earth’s structure

Technique would be more direct than seismology

UK physicist takes key fusion post

Llewellyn Smith is appointed chair of ITER council

Probe likens young Venus to Earth

First results suggest Earth’s twin evolved very differently

Proto-galaxies tip cold dark matter

Sighting confirms important stage of galactic evolution

Supersensitive Coulomb test proposed

Experiment could show photon has mass

Tiny fridge thinks it’s a motor

Nanomachine could exploit Brownian motion

TASER is easy on the heart

Shock weapon is within safety limits

Software tracks ‘monster waves’

System could warn seafarers of 30-metre waves

High-Tc superconductors plug ‘terahertz gap’

Josephson junctions produce coherent terahertz radiation

Berry’s phase seen in solid-state qubit

Breakthrough could lead to robust quantum computers

Uranium gives opal its shine

Radioactivity points to gem deposits

Results question merit of axion experiments

Future tests could be futile, says physicist

Protein calms the waters

Movement of water linked to protein folding

Analysis confronts model of universe’s formation

Physicist suggests CMB fluctuations originate in the Milky Way

UK plans to withdraw from Gemini

Astronomers shocked by pull-out

‘Nanosoldering’ makes a clean contact

Technique can make electrical contacts on graphene and other nanostructures

Physicists spot unusual charged meson

Rogue particle could contain four quarks, not two

Nanotube fibres toughen up

Material could improve bullet-proof vests

Negative refraction ‘could trap rainbows’

Effect could lead to better optical storage devices

New calculations target brightest-ever supernova

Colliding stars and pulsating pairs could explain rare event

Relativity passes new test of time

Scientists will have to look harder for physics beyond the Standard Model

Sand could shed light on quark-gluon plasma

Collisions turn solid particles to liquid

‘Wormholes’ could be made from exotic materials

Theoretical device could create a magnetic monopole

Cosmic-ray mystery solved at last

Pierre Auger Observatory links ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays to black holes

Two is a crowd for quantum particles

Double slit probes the limits of decoherence

FAIR gets the go-ahead

New accelerator facility at GSI to be one of the world's largest

Universe could have a fifth less mass than current estimates

Galactic-cluster X-rays may not come from hot gases

Physicists learn to forecast harmful ozone events

Study could help people with breathing difficulties

Tiny rods steer themselves

Non-biological chemotaxis is a first

Cosmic collision explained without dark matter

Physicists suggest modified gravity as an alternative

Single spins controlled by an electric field

Breakthrough could simplify spintronics

Heavy atoms reduce nanoscale friction

Tribology with a tiny tip

New magnetic sensor could probe the brain

Portable device operates at room temperature