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News: November 2008

Renewable energy source inspired by fish

Device exploits vortices generated by slow-moving currents

Hawking accepts post in Canada

Cosmologist is first of up to 40 new chairs at Perimeter Institute

Breakthrough in the physics of ice-shelf break-up

Scientists come up with simple law for iceberg formation

Modelling civilization as 'heat engine' could improve climate predictions

Discovery halves the number of variables needed to forecast emissions, claims physicist

European synchrotron secures €177m upgrade

New beamlines will allow nanometre-scale experiments at Grenoble lab

Light moves tiny devices

Researchers combine nanophotonics and nanomechanics

Accelerating medical isotope production

Technetium-99m production does not rely on reactors or enriched uranium

Europe unveils 20-year astronomy roadmap

Funding must rise by 20% per year to meet ambitious goals

LHC repairs under way

Damaged magnets make their way out of tunnel

A simpler route to invisibility

Geometry of curved space could be used to make broadband cloak, say physicists

US firm unveils plans for mini nuclear reactors

Tiny reactors have no moving parts and could power a small town for $25m

Proton and neutron masses calculated from first principles

Quantum chromodynamics makes us heavy, say physicists

Excess of electrons could point to dark matter

Are WIMPs annihilating nearby?

Is entanglement always good for quantum computers?

Most entangled states are not useful, say physicists

New accelerator enhances radiotherapy accuracy

NPL's new linac will streamline the process of calibrating radiotherapy equipment.

Nanorotors move together

Array of tiny rotors could power 'nanobots'

First 'bona fide' direct images of exoplanets

Hubble, Gemini and Keck spot four new planets outside our solar system

Bendy wires generate AC power

Device could supply energy to medical implants

Invisibility extends out of its shell

This invisibility cloak can make a nearby object vanish, say researchers

Tunnelling electrons could drive nanomotors

Tiny rotors are inspired by biological motors

Optical oscilloscope is fit for high-speed studies

Device beats the resolution of conventional devices by more than a factor of five

Magnetic shield could protect spacecraft

Fusion science shows feasibility of protecting astronauts from cosmic radiation

PAMELA bares all

Satellite data do indeed hint at dark-matter annihilation, the European team claims

Electrons put a new spin on chirality

Could radiation striking magnetic materials be responsible for the 'handedness' of biological molecules?

Fermilab 'ghosts' hint at new particles

Some CDF physicists believe publication was premature