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News: April 2011

Invisibility cloak offers a snug fit

Carpet cloak is only a little bigger than the object it's hiding

African Astronomical Society debuts in Cape Town

Society will promote astronomy as a tool for development

Transparent material opens a new window on solar energy

Plastic cell could harvest sunlight passing through windows

Does dark matter link gamma rays to galactic haze?

Theory connects astronomical mysteries

Predicting crowd behaviour

Computer model treats pedestrians as decision-makers, not particles

Solar power without solar cells

Sun's energy can be harnessed in insulating 'optical battery', physicists claim

Mapping orbits within black holes

Physicist claims that planetary orbits could be sustained within black holes

Cooling with heat

New scheme defies common sense

Ultracold atoms simulate magnetic interactions

Quantum fluctuations drive magnetic phase transition

Brightest bubble bursting yet

Xenon bubble turns into 100 W flashbulb

WIMP no-show casts a shadow over dark matter

XENON places the strongest constraints yet on dark-matter particle

Flowing electrons magnetize graphene

Surprise effect could boost spintronics

Physicists create a quantum mirror image

Reflected photon puts atom into quantum superposition

Do spiral galaxies form from the inside out?

Distant spiral sheds light on galaxy formation

Crystallography reveals secrets of nature's antifreeze

Barbs grab hold of ice crystals

Holography sharpens up

Holograms based on plasmons that hold their colours regardless of viewing angle

Kepler picks up stellar vibrations

Exoplanet mission gives asteroseismology a boost

Study queries open access benefits

New research says open access papers attract more readers – but not more citations

Graphene transistor shines on diamond-like substrate

New device is smaller and faster than ever

Trapped ions smash entanglement record

Physicists link 14 calcium "qubits" on path towards a quantum computer

Martin Rees wins £1m Templeton Prize

Astronomer honoured for posing "big questions" despite "rather boring" views on science and religion

NASA's research ability in space under threat

Report calls for increased funding after being "dramatically" reduced

Thin film has 'astonishing' ability to rotate light

Micron-thick sample shifts polarization by 45 degrees

Carbon nanotubes capture cancer cells

New device can also detect viruses