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News: January 2001

Speed skating for water droplets

Super-fast drops could improve printing, lithography and surgical techniques

Old riddle illuminates solar system's birth

Ancient paradox lends a hand to modern astronomy

DIY black holes could supply the missing link

Benchtop 'black holes' could bridge the gap between relativity and quantum mechanics

Night-time on Venus

Signals from the dark side of Venus shed light on our neighbour's atmosphere

Playing stop and go with light

Light brought to a halt in ultracold gas could be used in quantum computation

Cell-phone capacity multiplies

Polarized electromagnetic waves boost the capacity of radio signals

11 key questions about the universe

US experts identify the hottest topics in particle physics and astronomy

Physics and the stock market: playing with fire

Combustion theory predicts when shares will jump in value

Superconductivity: it's in the genes

The very stuff we're made of can act as a superconductor

Going with the flow

Small-scale liquid effects speed up micro-fluid devices

New light on dark clouds

Light from background stars illuminates 'star nurseries'

Photonics and particles win 2001 King Faisal prize

Optical communications and cosmology are recognised by the prize

The Milky Way's last meal

Wandering stars could be remains of a small galaxy absorbed long ago