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News: November 2004

Physicists tackle linguistics

Two theorists in Germany have proposed a model to simulate the rise and fall of languages

Astrophysicist thinks big

Could Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons, be used to detect neutrinos?

Axion experiment makes its debut

CERN experiments improves existing limits but axions remain elusive

Fermilab names new director

Pier Oddone from Berkeley will take over from next July

Swift takes off

Mission to study gamma-ray bursts has a successful launch

Good news for causality

Swiss physicists measure the "signal velocity" of light for the first time

Neutrino oscillations are here to stay

KamLAND experiment sees elusive particle disappear and then re-appear

Equivalence principle passes atomic test

Rubidium experiments confirm that Einstein was right

Hall effect takes a spin

The use of electric fields to control electron spins could have applications in spintronics

Superconductors take an odd turn

Conclusive evidence for "spin-triplet" superconductivity has been seen for the first time

A train that runs on feathers

Red blood cells and snowboards inspire new approach to transport

IBM tops supercomputing table

The Blue Gene/L machine that is being built to simulate nuclear weapons is the fastest computer in the world

A new type of solar cell

Japanese researchers have developed a photoelectric device that can also store energy

Saturn gets a shock

Space scientists have watched an interplanetary shock travel from the Sun past the Earth and Jupiter to Saturn

To see more neutrinos, just add salt

A large pinch of gadolinium trichloride could greatly extend the reach of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino experiment