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High-gain optical transistors flipped by just one photon

Devices created using Rydberg states of ultracold atoms

Self-assembly and plasmonics could join forces to boost solar energy

New method allows 200 fluorescent molecules to be arranged around a gold nanoparticle

Plasmonic chip diagnoses diabetes

Gold nanoparticles could help with early disease detection

New medical probe combines sound and electromagnetic induction

Technique could give doctors a “feel” for internal organs

Charging up with jumping droplets

Energy-harvesting device taps into atmospheric humidity

Hydrogel matrix makes superhydrophobic surface

Film could be used as coating on any substrate

Static electricity helps geckos get a grip

Contact electrification was wrongly ignored for decades, say researchers

Modelling molecular magnets

New calculations crucial for industry and fundamental phenomena like magnetic tunnelling

Deborah Jin bags Isaac Newton Medal

JILA physicist honoured for pioneering work on ultracold atoms

Relaxation and repulsion helps viruses pack DNA

Research could have biomedical applications

Physicists seek to cut helium costs

Consortium puts forward helium brokerage plans

Diamond defect images magnetic domain walls

Method could help develop sophisticated spintronic memories

Electrons' magnetic interactions isolated at long last

Quantum-information method helps make exquisite measurement

Qubits team up to detect errors

Record seven-qubit quantum register built

Using magnetic cooling for 'green' refrigeration

More efficient energy consumption one advantage of technique