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News: December 2014

The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen

Our favourite pictures of 2014

From interstellar dust and galactic dirt to cracking oysters and educational doodles

Physics World's 2014 Book of the Year honours materials that matter

Mark Miodownik's love letter to materials science comes first in a strong shortlist

Multimedia highlights of 2014

From detecting landmines to the art of quantum kung fu

Comet landing named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year

Rosetta mission tops our list of the 10 key breakthroughs in physics

European Science Foundation survives elimination vote

Organization will be smaller and no longer fund pan-European research

Asteroids, not comets, gave Earth most of its water

Rosetta scientists find surprisingly high levels of deuterium in comet

New technique nails distance to supermassive black hole

Geometric method using active galactic nuclei could yield better cosmic rulers

Laser blast makes pure quantum dots

Selenium nanoparticles could be used in solar cells and take on antibiotic resistance

Physicist nominated as US defence secretary

Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter for key defence role

Planck offers another glimpse of the early universe

Space mission offers new insights into dark matter and primordial neutrinos, but evidence for inflation is not forthcoming

Japan launches second asteroid mission

Hayabusa 2 to bring back samples from carbon-rich body

Supersonic bullets test graphene's strength

Carbon sheet is much better at absorbing impacts than steel

SOLEIL scientists create double-slit thought experiment

Einstein–Bohr debate continues