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News: February 2010

Both answers correct in century-old optics dilemma

Different momenta of light reflect wave-particle duality

Hail the first sound ‘lasers’

Sound amplification by stimulated emission achieved by two groups

Crystal control moves towards 3D displays

Doping nanocrystals changes the colours they emit

Molecular attraction keeps asteroids together

Dust particles hold on by van der Waals forces

First 'heavy-fermion' material made in 2D

Layered material could shed light on origin of high-temperature superconductivity

Ultracold magnetic atoms bode well for quantum studies

Dysprosium can be trapped after all

Fermi pins down a colossal accelerator

Blazar light is created light-years away from supermassive black hole

Gravity’s effect on time confirmed

Atom interferometer makes ultra-precise measurement of gravitational redshift

Physicists watch chemistry in slow motion

Ultracold molecules shed light on chemical reactions

New optical clock breaks accuracy record

Aluminium-ion device makes use of quantum logic

Zonal swishing at the Earth's core

Japanese simulation sheds new light on the Earth's magnetic field

Nuclear physics gets a stepping stone to the 'island of stability'

First direct mass measurement of a trans-uranium element

Warm white dwarfs could reveal 'inelastic' dark matter

Dark matter would keep the stars from getting too cold, calculations show

First light for germanium laser

Strain bridges an indirect bandgap

A new view of our volatile star

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory will improve our understanding of the changing Sun

Fractal patterns spotted in the quantum realm

Electrons interfere to create fractal patterns in ferromagnet

Physicists watch entropy in action

Cluster formation ruled by rotational and vibrational symmetry

Graphene transistor breaks new record

New device fastest in the world at 100 GHz

Exoplanet hunting brought down to Earth

Infrared correction technique reveals methane in exoplanet's atmosphere

Entanglement pioneers bag Wolf Prize

Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger share physics prize

Quantum mechanics boosts photosynthesis

Solar energy is converted into chemical energy more efficiently thanks to quantum coherence

Higgs hunters face long haul

Transatlantic bid to discover Higgs particle enters new phase as the LHC prepares to join the fray

Bell Labs launch Ireland expansion

Alcatel-Lucent plans to double the number of researchers at its Dublin centre

Spider web inspires fibres for industry

The secret behind the spider's water collection skills uncovered

London, the 'polycentric' city

Analysis of travel cards reveals complex commuting patterns

Neural interactions point to post-traumatic stress disorder

Analysis of SQUID signals could help with difficult diagnoses

Obama cancels Moon return

NASA refocuses on science with an extra $6bn over five years