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News: January 2004

Electromagnets double up

New approach can combine electric and magnetic materials

Fermionic condensate makes its debut

US physicists have made atoms behave like the electrons in a superconductor

X-rays light up gamma-ray burst

Halo of material appears to be moving at 1000 times the speed of light

Medical physicists think small

Molecular sieves could help boost resolution of medical imaging techniques

“ViriChip” shows up viruses

Scientists have made a device that detects viruses when used with an atomic force microscope

Climate model predicts even hotter summers

The heat wave of 2003 was a warning about the dangers of climate change

Condensate research heats up

Excitons could be the next system to form a Bose-Einstein condensate

Wolf prize goes to particle theorists

Brout, Englert and Higgs share the Wolf prize

Argon accuracy reaches new limit

Best-ever measurements will allow new tests of the Standard Model

Supersolid is seen in the lab

Superfluidity is the most probable explanation of recent experiments on solid helium

Lasers overcome the Lorentz force

New approach could probe phenomena on attosecond timescales

First double pulsar comes into view

Discovery will allow better tests of relativity and pulsars themselves

Muons continue to defy Standard Model

Latest result offers further hints of new physics

Supernova survivor lives to tell the tale

Astronomers find first companion star to survive a supernova explosion

The life and death of antibubbles

Physicists probe novel phenomena in fluids