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News: April 2016

Are wormholes or 'gravastars' mimicking gravitational-wave signals from black holes?

LIGO experiment could have detected signal from 'exotic' compact celestial object

Why quantum cryptography could be a one-way street

Physicists show asymmetry in nonlocality of quantum states

Consortium sets out to build European laser plasma accelerator

EuPRAXIA aims to put compact electron accelerator on scientific facility road map

Quantum filter integrates 20,000 Josephson junctions

SQIFs could be used as radio-frequency detectors

Magnetic vortices record history of Earth's magnetic field

Ancient rock record remains unaltered by vast temperature fluctuations

Graphene doped with hydrogen reveals its magnetism

Long-range magnetic order prevalent across the lattice at 5 K

Supernova sediments still rain down on Earth and the Moon

New evidence confirms multiple supernova explosions took place in the solar system's neighbourhood relatively recently

Carbon nanotubes light up on photonic chips

Nanotube-integrated waveguide could easily be adapted into optical circuits of the future

Theorizing about the LHC's 750 GeV bump

Four new papers try to explain a tantalizing excess of photon pairs

'Cool' Saharan ants' silver hairs cause total internal reflection

Desert-dwelling ant can survive temperatures of more than 50 °C because body hairs reflect light and stop them from overheating

Patterned liquid crystals guide light through planar lens

Research could help to develop "smart" glass of the future

The single-atom engine that could

Scaled-up power output from single-calcium-ion engine is equivalent to that of a car engine

Computer gamers solve quantum problems

Citizen-science initiative harnesses the brainpower of more than 10,000 people

Diamond quantum bit is controlled using light and sound

New control technique could lead to quantum computers made from arrays of nitrogen vacancies

Nanocrystal inks used to build flexible transistors

New device could be used to build flexible or wearable electronics

Laureates call for cut to highly enriched uranium

35 Nobel laureates say nuclear reactors should use low-enriched uranium

Birds measure magnetic fields using long-lived quantum coherence

Evolution may have optimized fluctuations in cryptochrome proteins, say scientists

Finding the Earth-bound evidence for supernovae in the galactic neighbourhood

Iron-60 deposits in the Earth's crust reveal that supernovae in the relatively recent past may have affected our planet

Gravitational background noise could be much louder than expected

Cosmic signal could be detected by LIGO and Virgo in 2020, say physicists

Adding a topological fold to origami metamaterials

Topological mechanics could play a key role in developing "smart" materials of the future

White dwarf with nearly pure oxygen atmosphere surprises astronomers

Discovery sheds further light on the dying days of stars

April Fool joke: Quantum computer defeats JENGA master in five straight games

Ion-trap qubits simulate interactions between wooden blocks