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News: August 2008

Obama takes a stand on science

More research funding and 'restored science integrity', says US presidential candidate

Bubble-fusion researcher loses professorship

Purdue's Rusi Taleyarkhan says penalty is 'unfair and egregious'

Memory device could store data using heat

Researchers develop a way of storing and reading information with phonons

Gamma-ray telescope renamed after Fermi

NASA mission begins mapping cosmic gamma-ray sources

Quantum repeater demonstrated

Principle could be extended to open-up global quantum communication

Cold atoms explode like cloverleafs

Spectacular exploding 'bosenovas' seen in clouds of chromium atoms

Bush honours US atomic physicist

David Wineland wins US National Medal of Science

Spin-flip speed is pushed to the limit

Physicists discover a faster way to store data using spin-polarized electrons

Do citations take the shine off the Nobel prize?

The path to Stockholm is not as clear as it once was, researchers claim

Massive young stars defy tidal forces

Simulations shed light on star formation near black holes

Spinning electrons make for an unconventional metal

Simple exception to Landau-Fermi liquid could provide new route to spintronics

Entanglement remains a mystery

Swiss experiment implies information would have to travel thousands of times faster than light to explain quantum entanglement

Camera captures at record rate

Researchers unveil system with “unprecedented” image quality, frame rate and frame count

LHC sees first protons

World’s most powerful particle collider passes major milestone towards September switch-on

The most direct signal of dark energy?

A recent analysis of the so-called Integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect could help physicists to understand the mysterious entity

Carbon nanotubes, but without the 'nano'

New structures are 30 times stronger than Kevlar, say researchers

CERN points to early September start-up date for LHC

First attempt to circulate proton beams at Large Hadron Collider to be made in just over a month

Stretching the boundaries of electronics

Material can be stretched by up to 70% and is still electrically conductive

Dark-matter simulation reveals lumpy haloes

Researchers say simulation is the most detailed yet

Chinese particle collider turns up the charm

Hundred-fold increase in electron-positron collision rate expected at Beijing facility

Tiny microscope aims for Third World market

Device is the size of a penny and could be manufactured for as little as £5

Ballistic breakthrough could lead to molecular logic gates

Electrons travel with ease between benzene and platinum

Cold atoms could help build 'spintronics' transistor

Analogue "may help understand problems in real systems"