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News: September 2012

Survival of the fittest nanoantenna

Evolutionary algorithms boost optical performance

Slow-cooling super Earths could lack life

Studying how the interiors of expolanet varies with time is essential to knowing if they harbour life

Origins of galactic jet seen for the first time

Spinning black hole could put general relativity to the test

Spin friction seen for a single atom

Magnitude of effect is "surprisingly large"

Bursting bubbles drive micromotors

Physicists capture Janus particles in motion

'Fano switch' for colour displays

New device resists photobleaching

How many water molecules does it take to make ice?

Cluster measurements could shed light on cloud formation

Does noise improve a bird's spin-based compass?

More insights into how birds use quantum mechanics to navigate

Huge cosmic-ray observatory set for Siberia

First prototypes installed for the $46m Hundred Square-km Cosmic Origin Explorer

Physicists unfold the mechanics of origami

Curved-crease structures studied for the first time

First flat lens focuses light without distortion

Pattern of nanoantennas eliminates optical aberrations

Planck's law violated at the nanoscale

"Fluctuational electrodynamics" describes how tiny objects radiate

Frog photoreceptor counts photons

Rod cells show promise for quantum optics

Graphene offers up another quantum surprise

The fractional quantum Hall effect in graphene is different

Topological behaviour spotted in quasicrystal

Discovery could lead to materials with dimensions greater than three

Dark-matter hope fades in microwave haze

Planck reveals galactic feature is the wrong shape for dark-matter particles

Atoms interfere one at a time

Single-atom matter–wave experiment is a first, say physicists

Complex quasicrystals created using new nanofabrication technique

Patterns with 36-fold rotational symmetry realized

SKA names director-general

Philip Diamond picked to head giant radio telescope

Nitrogen vacancies detect magnetic fields in fluids

Nanodiamonds controlled using optical tweezers

Ultracold fermions simulate spin–orbit coupling

Experiments could shed light on Majorana particles