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News: November 2010

Fear rises among Iranian physicists

Assassination of a nuclear scientist leaves academics in shock

New particle links dark matter with missing antimatter

Two mysteries could be solved by one particle

Guest molecule builds 3D nanostructures

New self-assembly technique could lead to molecular computers

Graphene supercapacitor breaks storage record

New technology could recharge mobile phones and digital cameras

Galaxies pin down dark energy

Observations support idea that vacuum is pulling universe apart

Bosons bossed into Bose–Einstein condensate

Physicists create the first ever BEC from light

Neutrinos could detect secret fission reactors

Detectors would need to be hundreds of thousands of tonnes

Europe extends key space missions

Seven ESA probes will now operate until at least 2014

Plasmonic sensor detects viruses

New technique could identify infectious diseases early on

Beetle beauty captured in silicon

Iridescent material could be used to create smart windows

Penrose claims to have glimpsed universe before Big Bang

University of Oxford theorist points to evidence in cosmic microwave background

Information converted to energy

Potential of tiny bead boosted by data input

Antihydrogen trapped at CERN

Physicists hold 38 antimatter atoms for almost a fifth of a second

Optical transistor in silicon is a first

Tiny disc enables one laser to control the propagation of another

Tests begin on the body of Tycho Brahe

Exhumed corpse of the founder of modern observational astronomy back in Danish lab

Space probe brings asteroid dust back to Earth

Japan's Hayabusa mission collects 1500 grains from asteroid Itokawa

Space–time invisibility cloak could 'edit history'

Device would enable object to move while appearing to stay still

Giant Faraday rotation spotted in graphene

Another surprise from the carbon sheet

US loses status as a 'colossus of science'

Report says countries in Asia are beginning to equal the US

'Super-twisted' light swirls into view

Highly polarized light could be used to study biological molecules

LHC sees its first ZZ event

Particle signature is key to Higgs search

Honeycomb windows that could harvest the Sun

Polymers and fullerenes combine to generate photocurrents

Hubble successor hit by budget setback

James Webb Space Telescope will cost $1.5bn more and be delayed by 14 months

Nanoribbons make good memories

New graphene memory cell could help preserve Moore's law

LHC now fully fledged heavy metal collider

First collisions between lead ions just four days after the protons stopped

Listening to the sounds of slippery slopes

Acoustic emission technique for landslide early warning system

Neutral positronium scatters like a charged particle

Surprising observation baffles physicists

Flexible metamaterial springs to life

New material could be used in tiny 'invisibility cloaks'

Obama's dream of Mars at risk from radiation

A peak in solar activity could coincide with planned missions

LHC gears up to create mini big bangs

The ALICE experiment should have its lead collisions by the weekend

Star Wars 'telepresence' tantalisingly close

Holography delivers real-time images of remote events

Quantum gravity corrects QED

New analysis supports asymptotic freedom

Do giant spiral galaxies thwart clusters of young stars?

Simple physics could explain long-standing paradox