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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

Majorana quasiparticles glimpsed in magnetic chains

Evidence of "non-Abelian" excitations in solids continues to grow

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

Fractal-like honeycombs take the strain

Strong yet lightweight structures inspired by nature

Graphene drum could store quantum information

Carbon resonator is coupled to superconducting microwave cavity

Works starts on new European neutron source

Spallation facility in Sweden should be up and running in 2023

Shape-shifting vesicles mimic living cells

Taking a bottom-up approach to recreating biological complexity

Superabsorbing rings could lead to better cameras and solar cells

Quantum effect could be put to work in a range of optical technologies

Ion beams simulate nuclear-reactor damage

Seven years in a reactor recreated in just four days

Cracking the code for single-molecule junctions

First accurate calculation of “porphyrin” conductance achieved