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News: December 2002

Highlights of the Year

PhysicsWeb chooses its top ten stories of the year

Brightness boost for organic LEDs

Researchers have built a highly efficient hybrid LED device

Sand-dune science creeps ahead

Dunes made in the lab could help communities beset by encroaching desert

Noise threatens Moore’s Law

Thermal noise may soon put an end to Moore’s Law

Plasma physicist to head CERN

Robert Aymar will be the next director general of the world’s biggest particle physics lab

Ultra-cold Fermi gases enter new regime

Physicists may have seen a new type of superfluidity

More evidence for neutrino oscillation

New experiments provide independent confirmation for neutrino mass and mixing

Physics gets shot in the arm

UK physicists receive substantial new money in the government’s spending review

Proxima Centauri comes into focus

Astronomers accurately measure the size of a small star for the first time

Caesium condensate makes its debut

Bose-Einstein condensation in caesium promises new insights into the quantum world

Astrophysicists bag Euro prize

EU awards Descartes prize for research on gamma-ray bursts

A sound way to make polymers

Dutch scientists create polymers in high-pressure carbon dioxide using an ultrasound technique

Anti-bubbles hint at fragile economic prospects

Physicists predict a shaky future for the stock market using statistical analysis

Derek Robinson 1941--2002

Driving force behind fusion research dies