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News: July 2009

Darwin’s grandson proved right over fishy physics

Marine animals responsible for mixing the world’s oceans, claim researchers

Plasmonics scores smoothness bull's eye

Pattern templates let plasmons travel further

Ultracold trios tell us more about Efimov states

Italian lab makes two breakthroughs

Three-in-one oven could ease energy needs in developing world

Thermoacoustic engine powers stove, fridge and electricity generator

Nanoscale light source can change its colour

Tiny 'free electron laser' could be used in displays

Beetle has polarizing twist in its shell

Insect makes use of ‘liquid crystal’ structure for optical effect

Cloud feedback could accelerate global warming

Low-level clouds dissipate as temperature increases

Newfound order in the valleys

Theory explains why the Earth’s valleys are so evenly spaced

Controversy bubbles over particle physics prize

Award to neutrino experiment omits key contribution, say physicists

‘Nanopillars’ make good photovoltaics

Devices built on low-cost, flexible substrates show promising light-conversion efficiencies

Migrating giants enrich asteroid belt

Primitive material sprinkled from beyond Neptune towards Jupiter, claim researchers

NASA unveils aerial views of Apollo landing sites

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter returns detailed images

Flexible fabric that 'takes pictures'

MIT researchers unveil new imaging technique using stretchy fibres

Could Fermi detect dark matter within a year?

Space telescope might find signals easier to detect than previously thought

Physicists spy on skink swimming through sand

Sandfish gets legless in a 'frictional fluid'

Fledgling site challenges arXiv server

New preprint site appears amid claims that arXiv administrators unfairly reject papers

Coasts confirmed as main source of Earth's 'hum'

Coupling between atmosphere and solid Earth creates mysterious planetary noise

Ultracold atom takes a quantum walk

Observation could shed light on the crossover between quantum and classical mechanics

DNA sorts carbon nanotubes

Liquid chromatography used to separate metal tubes from semiconductors

Thunderclouds accelerate cosmic electrons

Physicists explain how gamma rays are generated in clouds

T-shaped probe exposes protein elasticity

New microscope technique identifies flexible regions of proteins

Lasers look inside human bones

Spectroscopy could help medics detect bone disease

Single molecule switches light

World's smallest optical transistor brings optical computers a step closer

Alan Guth bags Isaac Newton medal

Inflationary universe pioneer to be honoured in London