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Plasmonic waveguide stops light in its tracks

Design could help build 'stopped-light laser'

Single-atom gates open the door to quantum computing

Independent teams unveil a basic building block of a quantum computer

Acoustic metamaterial can be reconfigured in a jiffy

Breakthrough could lead to ultrasonic superlenses

Interferometry tips the scales on antimatter

New proposal for measuring how antihydrogen falls under gravity

Carbonaceous 'cosmic barometer' reveals universe's history

Extreme pressures alter molecular structure of aromatic hydrocarbons

Scientists crack oyster's secret of strength

Nanoscale study of sturdy shells could lead to better body armour

Tiny mechanical resonator made from just four molecules

Beam is the world's smallest man-made nanomechanical oscillator

Graphene gains thermal vision

Room-temperature detector is first to cover infrared spectrum

New material offers angular control over light

Filter could be used in cameras and thermal solar systems

Seismic cloak could minimize earthquake damage

Transformation seismology tested in France

Nanoparticles boost solar-energy capture by plants

Nanotube-augmented plants are a "nanobionic" first

Gamma-ray shaping could lead to 'nuclear' quantum computers

Mössbauer effect used to modulate individual photons

Optical tweezers grab nanometre-sized objects

Near-field light could manipulate viruses and proteins

Harvesting the Earth's infrared energy

Could we use thermal radiation emitted by the ground beneath us as a source of renewable power?

Molecules line up for X-ray diffraction

New technique could soon be used on peptides