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News: February 2001

The flood-plains of Ganymede

Icy lava could have created the flat regions on Jupiter's largest moon

Exciting times for superconductors

Current flow in the new metallic superconductor could be explained by an old theory

Busquin calls for EU Framework increase

More cash on the cards for European R&D

Turbulent times for fluids

Turbulence is highlighted by imaging methods from high-energy physics

The hunt for new dimensions

The gravitational attraction between closely spaced objects could reveal new dimensions

Leonard Mandel and Ugo Fano die

The physics community loses two luminaries in as many weeks

Beating the femtosecond limit

Ultrashort laser pulses could probe processes that occur almost instantaneously

Heat leaves atom clusters cold

Clumps of sodium atoms buck the thermodynamic trend

Muon result could jeopardise Standard Model

New experiments on the muon cast doubt on a long-held theory

A new spin on magnets

The spin on electrons could be used to create super-dense recording media

Uranium reveals the age of the universe

Uranium in a primitive star shows that the universe is at least 12.5 billion years old

Neutron flashes may forecast earthquakes

Seismic activity could be predicted by bursts of neutrons from the Earth's crust

Metal superconductors reach new high

Magnesium diboride surprises scientists with its high transition temperature

Chirality crops up in nuclear physics

Contrary to expectations, nuclei can be left- or right-handed

Twisters turn up the current in superconductors

Vortices in resistance-free current flow could explain a strange current effect