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News: August 2005

Big stars like to feed from dust

New observations suggest that massive stars form through accretion

Foreign atoms trigger superconductivity in carbon

Physicists have made a new superconductor

Critical breakthrough

Superconductivity has been seen in a metal in a high magnetic field

Diamonds are not forever

A new form of carbon is harder than conventional diamond

How the Earth spins

The inner core of the Earth is spinning faster than the rest of the planet

Making ice at room temperature

Electric fields can freeze confined layers of water

Fibres control the speed of light

New approach to fast and slow light could have real-world applications

John Bahcall dies

The world's leading authority on solar neutrinos has died at the age 70

Nanotubes make perfect diodes

Carbon-based devices take another step forward

Photonic crystals move into new areas

Photonic quasicrystals and table-top accelerators are the latest breakthroughs for these remarkable materials

Number theory

New index indicated the importance and impact of work by individual researchers

The ups and downs of doping

Impurity atoms are both good and bad for high-temperature superconductors

Cluster makes turbulent breakthrough

Researchers have discovered a new type of vortex in the Earth's magnetosphere

Going for gold

Researchers have made a new gold alloy that could have applications in jewellery, electronics and elsewhere

Dirac Medal goes to condensed matter physicists

Prize recognizes work of Sam Edwards at Cambridge and Patrick Lee at MIT

Hydrogen result causes controversy

Does hydrogen contain a previously unknown "hydrino" state that could be used as new source of energy?

Just add salt

Adding a pinch of sodium chloride helps physicists to make better magnetic nanoparticles

Purity pays off for nanotubes

New approach improves performance for carbon-based devices

Solar system gets bigger

Astronomers have discovered another planet like Pluto