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News: December 2009

Best of the blog

The bizarre stories from the world of physics this year

2009 in pictures

People and research that have helped shape the year in physics

Top 10 books for 2009

Physics World unveils its choices for top physics books of the year

What's in store in 2010?

From new data at the Large Hadron Collider to deep research budget cuts in the UK and Japan, 2010 could be both the best and worst of times

CDMS gives possible evidence for dark matter

Two 'events' silence the rumour mill

Evanescent waves bring new window into the nanoworld

Electrons and light team up in new microscopy technique to image nanostructures

Breakthrough of the year

NIST researchers demonstrate sustained quantum computing in trapped ions

'Electroweak' stars predicted

New kind of star would burn quarks and generate neutrinos

Paper battery could boost energy storage

Nanotube-coated paper could enhance batteries and supercapacitors

Atomic spins measure ultracold temperatures

New thermometer could work down to a few trillionths of a Kelvin

Storing carbon dioxide in water cages

Synchrotron shines a light on hydrate formation

Is exoplanet a 'waterworld'?

Giant ball of liquid could have a rocky core

UK physics hit by savage cuts

Funding council announces UK withdrawal from over 25 international projects

Slowed light breaks record

Light stored for over a second in an ultracold cloud of sodium atoms

NASA launches sky surveyor

WISE will search for cool stars and study the structure of nearby galaxies

Solar cell grabs hot electrons

Ultrathin photovoltaic device extracts more energy per photon

UK physicists prepare for “deep” budget cuts

Researchers express concern to the UK's science minister over funding council's budget deficit

Higgs could reveal itself in dark-matter collisions

Searching for the Higgs? Forget the LHC and look to space

Video imaging brings liquid friction into focus

Researchers study interplay between oil droplets and gravity

'Quantum trampoline' measures gravity

Bouncing rubidium atoms give precise value for acceleration due to gravity

Earth's response to CO₂ underestimated

Ice sheets and other slow systems could intensify long-term warming

Attacking tumours with tiny discs

Triggering the death of cancer cells with magnetic vortices

Fish swishing mixes the oceans

Mathematicians enter the debate on whether marine swimmers stir the seas

Budget deficit threatens Japanese science

Scientists braced for severe cuts to the country’s research programme

Are quasars star-making machines?

Supermassive black holes might help, and hinder, the star-making process

Physics takes the wobble out of rowing

A formula that doesn't rock the boat

Lasers simulate magnetic field in a BEC

Vector potential puts ultracold atoms in a spin