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News: May 2014

Phosphorene sees the light

Phosphorus allotrope is the new 2D material of choice

105-bit optical memory built on a chip

Nanophotonic device could be used for optical logic operations of the future

Structural supercapacitors take a load on

Device could allow house walls to store energy

New president appointed at Italian Space Agency

Troubled organization to be led by physicist

US particle-physics panel presents plan for the future

20-year plan emphasizes international collaboration

A quantum accelerometer is being built for navy submarines

Atomic interference will guide vessels without GPS

Tiny gold bars focus light into graphene

Creation and control of surface plasmon polaritons could boost opto-electronics

Hybrid technology developed for 2D electronics

Different materials integrated into a single electronic device

US sanctions on Russia hit ITER council

Fusion-reactor scientists grapple with politics and funding woes

Laser mimics biological neurons using light

Micropillars are the latest bright idea for artificial brains

Dispute arises over rejected climate-science paper

University of Reading physicist's claims rejected by journal publisher

How to make a quantum random-number generator from a mobile phone

Cheap, high-quality cameras could improve cryptography

Fast solar wind boosts lightning rates

Discovery – and link to Sun's 27-day cycle – could improve thunderstorm forecasting

Physicists take up key science posts in Serbian government

Appointees must address funding crisis

Shape matters when nanoparticles fight cancer

Tiny rods and cubic cages move deep into tumours

Physicists sound-out acoustic tractor beam

New technique could be used in a range of medical treatments

Superheavy element 117 weighs in again

New isotope "lawrencium-266" also detected

Electromagnetic noise could set European robin adrift

Disruptive interference seen over a broad range from 20 kHz up to 5 MHz

Lattice mismatch opens up a band gap in graphene

Physicists find new way of fine-tuning electronic properties

Did slippery sand help Egyptians build the pyramids?

A little bit of water cuts friction in half

How to build a quantum Newton's cradle

Proposal to bounce wavefunction along a 1D Bose–Einstein condensate

Sistine Chapel artworks seen in a new light

Tuned LEDs will illuminate masterpieces without causing damage

Chip-based optical traps shed light on DNA

Devices could be used in high-throughput screening of biological molecules