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News: June 2011

Aircraft punch holes in clouds and make it rain

Phenomenon could boost precipitation near airports

What's going on with the Sun?

Recent research suggests that the Sun could be heading into a quiet spell

Flipping spins, one proton at a time

Magnetic properties of a single proton revealed

Los Alamos National Lab narrowly avoids fire

Blaze threatened famous science and technology institution

Famous black hole confirmed after 40 years

Distance to Cygnus X-1 measured directly

Solar wind sheds light on early solar system

Genesis mission reveals differences between the Earth and the Sun

UK research chief defends 'blacklisting'

EPSRC chief David Delpy claims new rules for grant-awarding process have boosted success rates to 30%

Quarks break free at two trillion degrees

Quark–gluon plasma temperature is calculated from theory and experiment

Nanoparticles play at being red blood cells

Stealth particles deliver anti-cancer drugs

More surprises for the Voyager mission at the edge of the solar system

Heliosphere not as we expected, say NASA researchers

Physicists break record for extreme quantum state

Eight photons entangled in a "Schrödinger's cat state" for first time

Polariton coupling becomes stronger

New result might benefit photonic circuits that exploit light

Australian climate researchers face death threats

Targeted researchers have been moved to more secure offices

Introducing the 'wrinklon'

Quasiparticle helps explain why curtains wrinkle

Hackers steal quantum code

Unseen eavesdropper makes perfect copy of secret key

'Plasmon ruler' measures tiny distances in 3D

New device could study soft matter on the nanoscale

Peer pressure keeps young planets growing

Neighbours and dilute gas keeps planets safe

Catching sight of the elusive wavefunction

New technique challenges conventional wisdom of quantum measurements

CoGeNT findings support dark-matter halo theory

Seasonal variation in detector's signal points to low-mass WIMP

Evidence mounts for previously unseen neutrino oscillation

Physicists glimpse muon neutrinos changing into electron neutrinos

Italy picks site for SuperB collider

New laboratory at Tor Vergata will honour Nicola Cabibbo

Nanotransfer makes large-area NIMs

Square-foot quantities of metamaterials made for the first time

Physicists create a living laser

Device based on live biological material is a first

Why 13 and 25 are magic numbers for physicists

Scientists discover the optimum size of a research group

Graphene integrated circuit is a first

All electronic components are on a single chip

New type of supernova outshines the rest

Mechanism driving stellar explosions is a mystery

Magnetic fields reduce blood viscosity

Researchers suggest exposure to magnetic fields could prevent heart attacks

Future is bright for CERN antimatter physicists

Two new experiments are in the pipeline

Erasing data could keep quantum computers cool

How negative entropy could stop a quantum computer from overheating

The secret lives of photons revealed

Researchers reconstruct the complete trajectories of single photons in Young's double-slit experiment

Cool microscope feels the heat

Scanning probe uses ultracold gas atoms to image surfaces

Silicon nanopillars steer infrared light

Nanopillars could bend light through photonic circuits

New head for US nuclear-weapons lab

Charles McMillan takes over as boss of the Los Alamos National Laboratory