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News: May 2007

Physicists SCORE for third world

Low-cost device is a cooker, fridge and generator in one

Supersolids: the plot thickens

Neutron scattering casts doubt over the existence of superfluidity within solids

Quantum well fires single electrons on demand

Nanosecond control of quantum dots brings an electron-based quantum computer closer to reality

Quasar eclipses could clarify axion mystery

Physicists propose new test for hypothetical dark-matter particles

Soft-matter pioneer dies

French physicist and Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes has passed away

Negative refraction gets natural

Physicists discover that ferromagnets can have a negative refractive index

Physicists confirm existence of polariton condensate

Condensates form at unusually high temperatures

Electrons hold their spin in silicon

Ballistic electrons on target for spintronics

Ghostly ring provides strong evidence for dark matter

Physicists say dark matter is seen in separate structure for the first time

Martian sands shift slowly but surely

Grains make a bigger splash on Mars

Negative resistance found in 2D electron gas

Device could be a source of terahertz radiation for communications

Black hole shrinks braneworld dimensions

Tests of Newton's law may have to be more stringent

Fermions pair up without superfluidity

Discovery might shed light on high-temperature superconductivity

Laser pioneer dies

Physicist Theodore Maiman, who built the world's first laser, has died at the age of 79

Hunt for fifth force focuses on Bullet Cluster

New force would require overhaul of the Standard Model

Chilling out with polaritons

Metal gives laser-cooling a boost

Molten core solves mystery of Mercury's magnetic field

Physicists chart spin to uncover the core's composition

Diamond maker focuses on particle detectors

UK spin-off counts CERN as a customer

Speckles expose magnet's noisy secrets

Domain fluctuations persist at 4 K

Casimir force could drive tiny ratchets

Lateral forces act on patterned plates

Supersolids reliant on disorder, say physicists

Quantum solid gets even more perplexing

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: 1912–2007

Last survivor of German nuclear-bomb team dies

Entanglement dies a sudden death

Rapid decay could complicate quantum computations