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News: January 2008

Mobile phones could spot dirty bombs

System relies on many participants

Nanotube radio goes large

Thousands of tubes line-up to make transistors

Chance structure makes carbon dating possible

Discovery might help physicists understand strongest force in nature

Galaxy distortions shed light on cosmic acceleration

Analysis will help reveal nature of dark energy

Rising ocean temperatures boost hurricanes, says study

Half-degree rise increases storms by 40%

Two-species Fermi mixture is a first

Physicists score ultracold hat-trick

Plastic converts raindrops to electricity

Rain panels could power remote sensors

Light could trap and release bacteria

Optofluidic simulations may lead to new sensors

Solitons underpin new laser

Device can be switched on and off with light

Nanotubes are the new black

Carbon reveals a darker side

Cosmic radiation strings physicists along

Strings permeated early universe, says new simulation

Hopes for UK funding-cut reversal dashed

Government review of physics funding will not address budget crisis

Graphene breaks speed record

Electrons move with ease in carbon sheets

String theorists and astrophysicist share Crafoord Prize

Award recognizes breakthroughs in mathematics and astronomy

Canada replaces nuclear-safety chief

Regulator punished for reactor shutdown

'Cloak of silence' design is unveiled

New materials could bend sound around objects

Pope calls off university visit

Letter protesting against visit signed by ex-CERN boss

Cosmic explosion, but no gravitational waves

LIGO looks at its first gamma-ray burst

Nanowires convert heat to electricity

Phonon effects boost thermoelectric efficiency

Ekpyrotic cosmology resurfaces

Alternative theory to Big Bang resolves teething problems

Light exhibits spin Hall effect

Detection technique could “enhance any kind of signal”

UK opts for nuclear power

Government announces plans to replace existing reactors

Casimir effect goes classical

Physicists directly measure the “critical Casimir effect”

Japanese particle physics in good health

KEK unveils ambitious five-year plan

'Colour' X-ray images reveal more

Prototype scanner could identify tissue types

BEC goes with the flow

Current persists in ultracold gas

Research funding should reward unpredictability

Physicist calculates LHC's "bang per buck"

Cosmic strings in a test tube?

Ultracold helium could be an “analogue” of the early universe

‘Spin ice’ could contain magnetic monopoles

Materials might lead to high-density magnetic memories

China passes law to encourage innovative research

Amendment should also help combat scientific fraud