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News: October 2005

Richard Smalley: 1943-2005

Eminent nanotechnologist Richard Smalley has died at the age of 62

Beating the sub-wavelength limit

Theorists predict that cold atoms can pass through slits narrower than their de Broglie wavelength

Tragedy at CERN

Technician dies in accident at laboratory

What do Einstein, Darwin and emails have in common?

Statistical physicists turn their attention to correspondence

Foam result surprises scientists

French physicists observe "anti-inertial lift" in foam experiments

Nanocrystals enhance photovoltaics

A new type of solar cell combines the advantages of organic and inorganic designs

Particles come to life

Artist produces his impressions of quarks and other fundamental particles

STM reveals molecular first

The Jahn-Teller effect is seeen in single molecules for the first time

Making the most of doping

Ordered array of dopants boost the performance of semiconductor devices

Nanotube switch makes its debut

Simple fabrication process could have widespread applications

Heavy ions damage DNA

New results could have implications for cancer therapy

Water in a whirl

Electric fields cause vortex rings to form

Physics goes abstract

Fractal analysis provides new insights into abstract works of art

New look for Hall effect

Classic effect has now been seen with phonons

Working with water waves

New focussing technique could have applications for wave energy

It takes two

Short gamma-ray bursts seem to be caused by collisions between very dense objects

Did warm waters fuel Hurricane Katrina?

Sea surfaces temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico were warmer than usual before Hurricane Katrina struck

Nobel prize recognizes optics researchers

Three physicists share the 2005 Nobel prize for their work in optics