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News: November 2001

Stellar link helps black holes weigh in

Discovery allows astronomers to ‘weigh’ black holes from a snapshot of their host galaxies

Super-short laser flashes light up ultra-fast events

Fleeting bursts of X-rays allow scientists to track attosecond electron events for the first time

Sodium spotted in the atmosphere of distant planet

Astronomers get the first-ever glimpse of the atmosphere of a planet beyond our solar system

Small is beautiful for new neutron generator

A compact source of neutrons could benefit fields from medicine to condensed matter physics

Simple superconductor sheds light on its complex cousins

A new electrical technique could help to reveal the workings of high-temperature superconductors

Liquid crystals single out microwaves

The technology behind lap-top computer screens branches out into microwave devices

Magnetic polymer makes its debut

Scientists develop the first organic magnet from a polymer

Star signs first light in cosmos

Simulations suggest that an enormous lone star was the first entity in the Universe

Accident grounds neutrino lab

Japan's Super-Kamiokande experiment is dealt a crippling blow

Old star caught in the act

Astronomers witness a fleeting stage of star death that may have started just a few years ago

Quickening pulses probe plasma

Lasers show that complex `many-body' effects in matter take just femtoseconds to emerge

Canaries sing simple harmonics

Basic physics explains the complex songs of birds

Shrinking electronics charges ahead

Single-molecule transistors and nanowire circuits make their debut

Fresh light shed on black holes

Glowing gas around a black hole gives astronomers new insights

Rave review for Hawking's new book

The Universe in a Nutshell is 'a delight to read'

Physicists go for goal

Football scores have been tackled by statistical physics

Taking a closer look at light

Two new optical probes work on ultrashort and ultrafast scales