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Quasar spectrum shines a new light on unchanged fundamental constants

Results hint at the static nature of the dark-energy field

Physicists reveal new way of cooling large objects with light

Demonstration could lead to "stable optical springs" for gravitational-wave detectors

Quantum random walk puts a limit on superposition

Caesium atom violates "macrorealistic" assumptions

Photons simulate time travel in the lab

Protocol could break quantum-encryption systems

New optical fibre shortens laser pulses the easy way

Kagome structure and noble gas work together to create short, powerful infrared bursts

Ultrasound puts a new twist on light

System sculpts and guides Bessel beams

Nailing the half-life of iron-60

New measurements tune up million-year "astronomical clock"

How to twist light into a Möbius strip

Topological curiosity created from laser beam

Laser pioneer Charles Townes dies aged 99

Physicist shared the 1964 Nobel prize for his work on the microwave laser

Structured photons slow down in a vacuum

Speed of light drops slightly when photons are shaped by a mask

Diamond defects coupled to photonic cavity with nanoscale accuracy

New technique could be used to develop quantum technologies, including sensors and computers

Interfering atoms measure gravity's curvature

Gravity measured at three different heights

Nanostructure puts the gloss on avian eggshells

Scientists reveal why tinamou eggs shine like a brand new car

Physicists get set for UNESCO's Year of Light

A whole host of events will celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light

The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen