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News: July 2008

Simulation points to lightweight first stars

First protostars could have been just a hundredth the mass of our Sun

Plasmons put laser light on the straight and narrow

Tiny collimator reduces divergence of light from semiconductor lasers

Will first LHC protons be injected within a fortnight?

Proton beams will be running round the whole ring by first half of September, says CERN spokesperson

Laser beams are entangled in space

Breakthrough could allow optical measurements to beat the 'diffraction limit'

Superfluids point to the origin of 'monster' ocean waves

Researchers say wave energy can cascade towards long wavelengths

Themis reveals the secret of Earth's auroras

Magnetic field 'reconnection' transfers solar energy towards Earth, say researchers

Liquid mirror shows promise for adaptive optics

Device is controlled by an array of magnetic coils

Moving to the music

Doppler effect can make happy music sound sad, says physicist

Bubble-fusion scientist to appeal over misconduct charge

Rusi Taleyarkhan plans to fight back against findings of Purdue University investigation

Motion of exploding stars could shed light on dark energy

Cosmologists call for decades-long survey of type-Ia supernovae

Nanotube cantilever weighs up

'Double-walled' nanotube measures mass of single gold atom

Football fans cheer to the science of solitons

Experiment kicks-off on the bicentenary of the Netherlands's Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences

Graphene has record-breaking strength

Stiffness of the material is 'off the chart'

Pumped atom laser brings high-precision measurements in sight

Technique uses a second atomic condensate to feed the laser

Electron microscope sees single hydrogen atoms

Placing samples on graphene substrate allows light atoms such as hydrogen to be observed

BaBar gets to the bottom of bottomonia

First measurement of ground state could improve our understanding of the early universe

'Anaconda' could be the best way to harness wave power

Huge rubber tube will be cheap and almost maintenance free, say researchers

Japanese particle-physics leader dies

Yoji Totsuka, former head of the KEK high-energy physics lab, dies at 66

Thin-film dyes boost solar cells

Concentrators increase solar cells' power output by an order of magnitude

Quote me fairly, I'm a scientist!

Survey indicates that scientists get along with the media better than they thought

Fitting food for physics

Social physicists try to understand why national dishes endure

Method could cut number of vaccinations by half

Scientists devise new strategy to improve efficiency of immunization

Do cosmic rays get bogged down in the cosmos?

Pierre Auger and HiRes observatories confirm rapid drop-off in number of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays reaching Earth

Nuclear fallout used to spot fake art

New technique identifies unnatural isotopes in post-war forgeries

Nanotubes get sorted

Surface grabs hold of semiconducting tubes

Voyager 2 reports from the edge of the solar system

NASA mission confirms that the solar system is “squashed” by interstellar space

US presidential candidates receive questions on science

ScienceDebate organizers hope questions will prompt a national science debate

UK physics funding plans are approved

Input from physics community benefits LHCb

33 years later, NASA finds Mercury to be even more active

Messenger's first flyby answers some questions raised by Mariner 10

Seeking an African Einstein

New centre for maths and computer science opens in Nigeria as part of plan to find the "next Einstein" in Africa

Survey of distant galaxies sets limit on cosmic strings

Gravitational lensing measurement suggets that cosmic strings make up no more than 2% of mass of universe

Lay-offs at Fermilab set to be reversed

Bush signs spending bill that includes emergency support for physics