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News: October 2001

US group calls for new linear collider

High-energy physicists lobby for powerful accelerator

Quantum Hall effect gets new dimensions

4D version of 2D effect could give clue to quantum gravity

Leicester imports student hotshots

New scheme brings the brightest students to the UK

Super shock absorber could protect buildings

Simulations show that a tapered chain of beads could take the sting out of large impacts

Dynamo effect forces energy from black holes

Magnetic fields could make black holes spill energy into surrounding gas and dust

X-ray device sets pulses racing

A switch to control bursts of X-rays could make it much easier to track reaction dynamics

OSA elects British president

Peter Knight of Imperial College voted president of the Optical Society of America

Organic magnetism hots up

Physicists show that pure carbon can behave as a magnet

Welcome to the new-look PhysicsWeb

Check out the browser-friendly new design, extra features and improved navigation

Lasers illuminate the flight of the bumblebee

Precise optical tracking could improve models of the dynamics of flying insects

Diamond comes under the microscope

A new twist on a well-known technique allows physicists to probe the electrical properties of insulators

Nanotubes win Euro prize

Recognition for ten years of progress towards nano-electronics

Chaotic lasers decode data

A new encryption method based on synchronized lasers promises to be ultra-safe

Nobel Prize for Bose condensates

Cornell, Ketterle and Wieman are rewarded for creating the fifth state of matter

First nanotube circuits get logical

Digital logic gates made from carbon nanotubes bring nano-electronics a step closer

Condensate control could lead to 'atom circuits'

Chips that move clouds of atoms with magnetic fields could be used in quantum computers

UK tackles student shortage

The Undergraduate Physics Enquiry checks the health of university physics

Heavy water tests body water

A drink of heavy water provides a quick and simple measurement of body water