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News: March 2003

Ruby slows light at room temperature

Physicists have developed a new and simple way to produce ultraslow light at room temperature

Black holes give as well as take

Supermassive black holes may seed interstellar space with chemical elements

Energetic star becomes a cool supergiant

The Hubble Space Telescope has studied an unusual stellar outburst

Trapped ions make logic gates

Quantum computers move a step closer

Nuclear era ends at Risø

Danish laboratory shifts its focus to renewable energy

Gamma-ray afterglow reveals new secrets

Astronomers have looked at a gamma-ray burst in the greatest detail yet

Good news for negative-index materials

New research shows that negative refraction does not violate causality

Muons join the fight against nuclear smugglers

Cosmic-ray particles could be used to detect concealed radioactive material

European research performance comes under scrutiny

The European Commission has published a report on science and technology indicators

Terahertz breakthrough at BESSY

Physicists in Berlin have created the best ever beam of coherent terahertz radiation.

Silver nanoclusters make logic gates

Researchers have demonstrated a new type of nanoscale computing

How the Earth's core was formed

Japanese researchers have shed light on how the Earth's core separated from its shell

New structure seen in the Crab pulsar

Astrophysicists have found nanosecond radio bursts from a pulsar for the first time

Making physics work for the economy

The Institute of Physics has published a new report on physics-based industry

Optical microscopy sets new records

Researchers have produced the highest-resolution ever optical image

Hydrogen-7 makes its debut

Physicists have found the heaviest isotope of hydrogen to date

Mars might have a soft centre

A new study has found that the core of Mars may be liquid

Water helps cobalt oxide to become a superconductor

Japanese researchers have discovered a new type of superconducting metal oxide