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News: July 2013

Tides control the geysers of Enceladus

Strength depends on moon's distance from Saturn

Disorder boosts performance of tiny spectrometer

Multiple scattering in silicon allows on-chip integration

How to make zeptosecond X-ray pulses

Ultrashort bursts could probe nuclear processes

Van Allen electrons are accelerated from within

Telltale sign of local interactions detected by NASA probe

'Electronic skin' lights up when touched

Flexible sensor could find use in robotics and healthcare

B-mode polarization spotted in cosmic microwave background

South Pole Telescope is first to detect subtle twist in ancient light

What is the lifetime of a photon?

Calculations suggest that photons live for at least one billion billion years

Square Kilometre Array precursor begins search of early universe

Giant radio telescope delivers data at 400 Mbyte/s

Physicists call for €5bn Neutrino Factory

Ambitious proposal favoured over cheaper rivals

Attractive force arises from black-body radiation, say physicists

New force could have important astrophysical implications

'Snow line' of neighbouring star comes into view

Icy ring marks the spot for planetary formation

5D 'Superman memory crystal' heralds unlimited lifetime data storage

Device can easily store hundreds of terabytes of data

Sensitive fingerprint technique developed with the help of neutrons

New method complements conventional forensics

'Champion' nanostructures could improve solar water-splitting cells

Best metal-oxide photoanode ever made from haematite

Unexpected interactions between solitons detected

Long-range interactions observed over astronomical distances

Telescopic contact lens comes into view

Technology could help people with age-related macular degeneration

Japanese team sees gamma-ray pulse before lightning flash

Study sheds more light on mysterious thunderstorm process

Steady leak in the Earth's plasmasphere found

Mechanism contributes to loss of material from atmosphere

Laser-cooled Bose–Einstein condensate is a first

Breakthrough could lead to better atomic clocks and atom lasers

Xenon forms compound at extreme temperature and pressure

Result could unravel mystery of missing noble gas

Atomic Van der Waals force measured for the first time

Interaction could find use in quantum logic gates

Lensless camera acquires images efficiently

New take on compressive sensing could improve surveillance

Twisted light carries data over 1 km in optical fibre

New "vortex" fibre could lead to a faster Internet

John Pendry wins 2013 Isaac Newton Medal

Transformation-optics pioneer honoured by Institute of Physics