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Condensed matter

For the latest news, features and products in condensed matter

News

Nuclear spins control electrical currents

Room-temperature technique could be used in spin-based memories

New plasmonic nanolaser is cavity-free

Proposed device could improve optical telecommunications

Tiny scaffolds toughen ceramics

Lightweight material springs back after being deformed

Synchrotron X-rays track fluids in the lungs

New non-invasive technique could help monitor cystic-fibrosis treatments

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