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Condensed matter

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News

New amplifier design could improve quantum circuits

Device based on Josephson junctions offers broader bandwidth

Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves

Tiny device could beat LIGO to detecting ripples in space–time, say physicists

Butterfly's colourful trick of the light recreated in the lab

"Reverse diffraction" materials could make banknotes more secure

Chemistry Nobel awarded for super-resolution microscopy

Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner share 2014 prize

In depth

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease