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News: February 2017

Flash Physics: Flower acts as supercapacitor, ORNL head steps down, triboelectricity boosts mass spectrometer

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Climate-friendly aircraft routing could cut environmental damage

Study highlights effects not related to carbon-dioxide emission

New graphene-like material could have a band gap

Mixture of carbon, boron and nitrogen could find use in electronics

Flash Physics: Atoms mimic each other, QCD cracks five loops, metamaterial bricks shape sound

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Nanoparticles give super-resolution microscopy a boost

Amplified stimulated emission allows low-illumination applications

Flash Physics: Frozen droplets explode, biophysicist wins Emmy Noether prize, galaxy glows with gamma rays

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Nuclear energy may come from the sea

Uranium extracted from the sea could provide centuries of power

Flash Physics: Rhodium breaks up carbon dioxide, UK invests £229m in new institutes, ions sense rotation

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Seven Earth-like exoplanets orbit nearby star

Conditions for life could exist on at least three of the rocky worlds

Flash Physics: 'Queen of Carbon' dies, LHCb spots rare B-meson decay, antineutrino detector is portable

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Parents' enthusiasm for science boosts teens' exam scores

Talking to children about importance of STEM influences career choices

Flash Physics: Stellar family history, extremely sensitive electron camera, full-body PET scanner planned

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Optical clocks hit the road

Two groups unveil very accurate, portable atomic clocks

Flash Physics: Liquid drops explode, developing world scientists honoured, star breaks X-ray emission record

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Building blocks of life found on Ceres

Organic compounds may have formed on dwarf planet

Blocking the symmetry of motion

First mechanical metamaterial to overcome reciprocity

Flash Physics: magnetizing cockroaches, a young supernova, construction begins on dark-matter detector

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

New metamaterial enhances natural cooling without power input

Thin glass-polymer sheet increases passive radiative cooling

Photons are a drag on the Sun

Stolen angular momentum slows the outer photosphere

Flash Physics: MRI pioneer dies, star polluted by ingredients for life, flat lens avoids chromatic aberration

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Decaying atoms feel a tiny frictional force, say physicists

Calculations show how internal transition affects motion

Flash Physics: Circuits survive on Venus, electronics powered by stomach acid, Israel tops global R&D spend

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Entanglement boosts data transmission

Quantum mechanics wrings out extra capacity from optical fibres

Flash Physics: Starlight closes Bell loophole, elusive white dwarf pulsar, St Andrews champions gender equality

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‘Atomtronic’ battery made from Bose–Einstein condensate

Device running on atoms, not electrons, could power atom-based circuits

Flash Physics: How single atoms conduct heat, prosthetic senses arm motion, 3D printer mimics plant porosity

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Water evaporation generates electrical energy

Nanostructured material could drive essential equipment in warm climates

Flash Physics: Astronomers help conservationists, quarks defy theory, movies of rotating molecules

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Flash Physics: Stray black hole spotted, new urban wind turbine, Mark Walport to lead new UK science agency

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Heat-gated transistor could boost medical imaging

New device simplifies circuitry needed to sense temperature changes

Flash Physics: Spacecraft hits the brakes, graphene-based thermometer, cooling method boosts atomic clocks

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Frogs use non-Newtonian saliva to capture prey

Extreme softness makes a frog's tongue a lethal weapon

Flash Physics: New THz wave source, galaxies push galaxies, bevelled edges confound, societies call on Trump

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics