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News: September 2009

Fisheye gives new route to perfect images

UK physicist sheds light on Maxwell's 150 year-old design

New printing method takes a cue from nature

Magnetic nanoclusters change colour on command

Graphene works as a highly sensitive mass detector

Easy readout from one-atom-thick resonator

Particle feud goes public

Rift in CERN collaboration leads to charge of poor and unethical science

Earth's glaciers melting at an accelerated rate

'Dynamic thinning' of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets tracked by NASA satellite

Satellites find water on the Moon

Lunar surface could be wetter than previously thought

Freak waves spotted in microwave cavity

Experiment could explain how huge waves form in the ocean

Saudi Arabia opens huge new university

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology inaugurated with $10bn endowment

The Sun could be heading into period of extended calm

Weakness in the Sun's magnetic field allows more particles to escape

Galactic-scale observatory planned

Edwin Cartlidge is a science journalist based in Rome

Is dark matter mostly 'dark atoms'?

New model says that the universe largely consists of dark atoms bound together by a new force

Tricolour entanglement could connect qubits

Demonstration is an early step towards a 'quantum switchboard'

Opposites don't always attract

Researchers explain why oppositely charged droplets can bounce off one another

Creating 'Schrödinger's virus' in the lab

Experiment would hold living creature in a quantum superposition

Astronomers confirm rocky nature of new exoplanet

Discovered last February, the planet CoRoT-7b has been found to have the same density as our Earth

CERN boss targets linear collider

Rolf-Dieter Heuer confirms November switch-on for the Large Hadron Collider and plans for lab's future

Heavy water could add weight to climate models

Researchers attempt to unravel past climates by analysing water isotopes

Michelson–Morley experiment is best yet

Local Lorentz invariance for light confirmed at highest precision yet

Physicist to advise UK on energy and climate change

David MacKay describes current debate as a 'Punch and Judy show'

British prime minister apologizes to Alan Turing after petition

Gordon Brown recognizes 'appalling' treatment of Second World War code breaker

Aage Niels Bohr: 1922–2009

Nobel laureate Aage Niels Bohr dies at the age of 87

How to build cheaper radio telescopes

Computing costs could be slashed by careful arrangement of antennas

Nanotubes set to shine for solar energy

Multiple carrier generation could boost efficiency

NASA faces cash crisis

Review says that $3bn budget hike is needed to return astronauts to the Moon by 2020

Ultra-strong Velcro-like fastener inspired by birds

Steely hook and loop fastener could hold aeroplanes together

Acoustic tweezers put the pinch on living cells

Device is smaller and more efficient than optical tweezers

Optical 'quantum computer chip' performs first calculation

Device employs Shor's algorithm using four photons

Magnetic monopoles spotted in spin ices

Two independent groups find evidence for elusive 'particles'

Milky Way in line for aggressive three-way merger

New survey reveals the dynamics of our galactic neighbourhood

Electron beam builds bespoke atomic lattices

Scanning electron microscope selectively removes rubidium atoms

Geoengineering could be needed to halt climate change

Cutting carbon emissions may not be enough, says Royal Society

Physicists shed light on mysterious battlefield injury

Blast waves might cause damage to brain