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US–Russia tensions hit scientists

Russian scientists banned from Department of Energy labs as sanctions bite

NASA's Stardust mission snares first dust from beyond the solar system

Analysis begins on seven particles that could be of interstellar origin

Nearby galaxy harbours rarest type of black hole

M82's black hole is 400 times the Sun's mass

Making better solar cells with polychiral carbon nanotubes

New device absorbs across a wider portion of the solar spectrum

Electrons in magnetic field reveal surprises

Quantum properties dictate electrons' rotational frequency

Going mobile with NMR spectroscopy

Technology miniaturized to fit sand-grain-sized chip

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

State of reactor core could be verified from outside the facility

Runaway couples create lonely supernovae

Calcium-rich explosions involve ejected binary stars

Nanoparticles open a new window into the brain

New imaging technique could help treat strokes, cancer and dementia

Molecular seeds sprout identical carbon nanotubes

New technique produces nanostructures with specific electronic properties

Rosetta rendezvous with comet at long last

Mission plans on landing module on comet surface in November

Standards lab overlooked spy agency's cryptography 'back door', say scientists

Report slams US National Institute of Standards and Technology for supporting flawed algorithm

Silicon nanorods bend light in new directions

Ultrathin coatings could replace bulky optical components

Magnetic erosion could explain heavyweight Mercury's density

New work could help solve 50-year-old puzzle

New holographic waveguide augments reality

Device overlays digital 3D images in field of view