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News: October 2003

Photonic crystals boost semiconductor lasers

Physicists in the US have made a new type of surface-emitting laser

A new spin on black holes

The black hole at the centre of the Milky Way is rotating

Gold plating on the cheap

Gold nitride could cut costs for the electronics industry

Cosmic-ray detector breaks size record

Massive experiment should solve mystery of ultrahigh-energy particles from space

Super-cool detector spots single photons

Superconducting approach could have big benefits for astronomy

Extracting electricity from water

Researchers from Canada have discovered the first new way to generate electricity for 160 years

Negative-index materials made easy

Single crystal demonstrates negative refraction

Frogs turn to physics

How can aquatic frogs catch prey by night?

New conductor stands the heat

Scientists have made an alloy that does not expand or contract when heated

Nanothermometers feel the heat

Nanotubes can now be used to measure temperature in non-vacuum conditions

Darmstadt gets credit for new elements

110 and 111 belong to GSI but heavier elements are still up for grabs

Is the universe a dodecahedron?

Cosmologists might have to rethink their most basic ideas about space

Nobel prize goes to low-temperature theorists

Abrikosov, Ginzburg and Leggett share 2003 prize for work on superfluidity and superconductivity

Physicist shares Nobel prize for medicine

Nobel committee recognizes magnetic resonance imaging

Have physicists seen magnetic monopoles?

Mysterious particles may show up in momentum space in crystals

Magnetic logic devices move closer

MRAMs offer new possibilities for computing