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News: October 2010

Neutron star is most massive yet

Find rules out many exotic theories of neutron-star composition

Molecular magnets stand in line

Iron memory could boost spintronics

'Best evidence yet' for dark matter comes from Milky Way centre

Questions remain whether signal has other origins

Earth-sized planets may be more common than we thought

Nearly one in four Sun-like stars may have planets the size of Earth

Boost for Tevatron extension

Department of Energy advisory panel gives thumbs up to three-year plan

Compact X-ray source could rival accelerators

'Plasma wiggler' is thousand times brighter than previous attempts

Fluorescent beads illuminate sugar in blood

Novel technique could offer a painless aid to diabetes sufferers

Topological insulators could help define fundamental constants

Fine-structure constant could emerge from light scattering

Analogue Hawking radiation spotted in the lab

Has Stephen Hawking's prediction been realized, three decades on?

Liquid crystals go with the flow

Researchers demonstrate non-linear electrophoresis technique

Graphene single-transistor amplifier is a first

New single-transistor device rivals conventional semiconductor amplifiers

UK science spared from budget cuts

Physicists welcome government decision but flat-cash settlement could still cause damage

In nature, number one dominates

Numbers starting with the digit 1 occur most frequently in scientific data

Green light for Indian neutrino observatory

Approval still subject to environmental concerns

Flexible LEDs bring light to fingertips

Arrays of miniature LEDs illuminate surgical thread and aid drug delivery monitoring

Algae cause a stir in the local environment

Researchers study fluid dynamics in the near vicinity of common algae

Organic solar cells receive a boost

Electron–hole ‘excitons’ travel farther than before through organic semiconductors

Phonons tunnel across the vacuum

Heat jumps a nanometre-sized vacuum gap

Geothermal project targets radioactive granite

'Hot dry rocks' offer carbon-free energy

APS responds to climate-change accusations

Society refutes claim that it financially benefits from climate research

Hybrid qubits closer to reality

Microwave circuits and spin ensembles talk to each other

Asteroid crash would devastate ozone layer

Deadly rise in UV radiation expected after mid-sized impact

Unravelling the secrets of silk production

Neutrons reveal unexpected goings on in the belly of silk worms

Researchers crack the nanocrystal challenge

New technique could help solve a long-standing problem in the semiconductor industry

Does dark matter trigger strange stars?

Balls of free quarks in space may be initiated by dark matter

Electrostatic trap catches tiny particles

Researchers unveil rival to optical tweezers

Clippers set sail for space

Spacecraft propelled by the Sun could courier science data back to Earth

Graphene pioneers bag Nobel prize

Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov win 2010 prize

Graphene shines a light on surface-enhanced spectroscopy

New Raman scattering model could lead to better photodetectors and sensors

The world's smallest fridge

Self-contained chiller can be built from just a few atoms