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Physics: Are we nearly there yet

ByRobertMatthewsCLIMBINGmountainsinsearchofanawe-inspiringviewcanbeadisappointingexperience.Toooften

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Universal constant, constant no more?

ByAmarendraSwarupYETanotherfundamentalconstantofnaturemayhavechangedoverthelast12billionyears.Ifconfirmed

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Redesigning life: Meet the bio-hackers

ByPeterAldhousTHEturningpointforSamanthaSuttoncameinthesecondyearofherelectricalengineeringdegree

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Lasers may test a weighty theory

ByMarkAndersonATTEMPTStoreconcilethetheoriesofgeneralrelativityandquantummechanicsinordertodevelopaunifiedtheoryofeverythingcouldgetaboostfromanunlikelysource:lasers.Physicistshavestruggledtodescrib

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Gigantic fusion reactor gets the green light

ByWillKnightandAFPPlanstodevelopthemostadvancednuclearfusionreactortodateweresignedoffbyofficialsfromtheEU

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At last, a way to test time travel

ByMarcusChownThetitleofHeinrichPäs’slatestpapermightnotmeanmuchtoyou.Tothosewhoknowtheirtheoreticalphysics

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Solar power – seriously souped up

ByHerbBrodyIFYOUwantefficientsolarpower

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How to protect fusion reactors from flare-ups

ByKurtKleinerPOWERfromnuclearfusioncouldbecomemorepracticalthankstoanewwayofprotectingtheinsideofreactorvesselsfromsuper-hotplasmas.Ifthetechniqueworksaspromised

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Editorial: Breaking the 'laws' of nature

A“lawofnature”isoneofthoseconceptsthatslipsthroughyourfingersthemoreyoutrytograspit.Themostthatcanbesaidaboutaphysicallawisthatitisahypothesisthathasbeenconfirmedbyexperimentsomanytimesthatitbecomesun

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Spotting the quantum tracks of gravity waves

ByZeeyaMeraliTHEspookylinkthatcanexistbetweenquantumparticlesevenwhentheyarefarapartcouldprovideanunexpectedwaytodetecttheripplesinspace-timeknownasgravitationalwaves.Gravitationalwavesaresetoffbyextr

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Gravity: Were Newton and Einstein wrong?

ByDavidShigaAGOODbitofouruniverse–23percentofit

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Nuclear fusion plasma problem tackled

ByKurtKleinerNuclearfusioncouldbecomeamoreviableenergysolutionwiththediscoveryofwaytopreventsuper-hotgasesfromcausingdamagewithinreactors.Thepotentialsolution

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Colossus: The secrets of Bletchley Park's codebreaking computers edited by Jack Copeland

ByPaulMarksTHIScompellingcompilationofessaysrevealshowcryptologistsatBletchleyParkbrokesomeofthetoughestNazicodesusingtheworld’sfirstvalve-basedcomputer.Itistechnical

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Free will – you only think you have it

ByZeeyaMerali“Wemustbelieveinfreewill

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Lasers may test a weighty theory

ByMarkAndersonATTEMPTStoreconcilethetheoriesofgeneralrelativityandquantummechanicsinordertodevelopaunifiedtheoryofeverythingcouldgetaboostfromanunlikelysource:lasers.Physicistshavestruggledtodescr

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Dark matter detector finds tiny cracks instead

ByAmarendraSwarupACHANCEdiscoverybycosmologistssearchingfordarkmatter–theelusivestuffthoughttomakeupmostofthemassintheuniverse–couldleadtothedevelopmentofanultra-sensitiveprobethatcanspotcracksinmater

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The stuff of beams: Building with light

ByJustinMullinsCOLINBAINhandsmegogglesasprotectionagainsttheblindingpowerofhisinfraredlaser

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Dr Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures many mathematical ills by Paul J. Nahin

ByMatthewKilleyaWHILEPaulNahinisnotthefirsttoproclaimthepowerandbeautyofmathematics

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Editorial: Breaking the 'laws' of nature

ByA“lawofnature”isoneofthoseconceptsthatslipsthroughyourfingersthemoreyoutrytograspit.Themostthatcanbesaidaboutaphysicallawisthatitisahypothesisthathasbeenconfirmedbyexperimentsomanytimesthatitbecomes

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Satellite could open door on extra dimension

ByMaggieMcKeeAnexotictheory

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Was our universe made for us or not?

ByZeeyaMeraliTHEanthropicprinciple–whicharguesthatouruniverseisfinelytunedtosupportlifeandthereisnopointinaskingwhyitisso–hasbeencriticisedaslazy

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The God Theory by Bernard Haisch

ByMarcusChownBERNARDHaisch

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Editorial: Nuclear fusion must be worth the gamble

ATAceremonyinBrusselslastweek

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When is a black hole like a dripping faucet?

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:DavidDuncan)Physicistsstrugglingtounderstandhowblackholesbehaveintheextradimensionspositedbystringtheoryshouldturnofftheircomputersandturnontheirkitchenfaucets

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Dark matter detector finds tiny cracks instead

ByAmarendraSwarupACHANCEdiscoverybycosmologistssearchingfordarkmatter–theelusivestuffthoughttomakeupmostofthemassintheuniverse–couldleadtothedevelopmentofanultra-sensitiveprobethatcanspotcracksinmater

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Quantum dots control brain cells for the first time

ByCatherinedeLangeInanunlikelymarriageofquantumphysicsandneuroscience

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First quantum jiggles detected in solid object

NOTHINGsitsstill.Evenatabsolutezero

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What the latest LHC revelations say about the Higgs

ByDavidShigaandCelesteBieverInDecember2011

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Sterile neutrinos leave ghostly fingerprints on cosmos

ByLisaGrossmanSTERILEneutrinos

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Fight over changing constants reaches stalemate

ByStuartClarkIt’stimetodeclareaceasefireinthefighttofindoutwhethertheconstantsofnaturevary.Whatwassupposedtobeanewsuperweaponinthebattlehasturnedintosomethingofadampsquib.Someobservationsofhowhydrogen

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LARES 'mirror ball' sat will test Einstein's theory

ByDavidShigaUpdateon13February:VegalaunchedsuccessfullytodayfromKourouinFrenchGuiana

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Seven equations that rule your world

ByIanStewartTHEalarmrings.Youglanceattheclock.Thetimeis6.30am.Youhaven’tevengotoutofbed

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Neutrino speed errors dash exotic physics dreams

ByLisaGrossmanEXTRAdimensions.Timetravel.Tachyons.Theseideasseemedalittlemorelikelyinthewakeofclaimsthatsubatomicparticlescalledneutrinoshadmovedfasterthanlight–violatingacornerstoneofphysicslaiddownb

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How do you make nanodiamonds? Merge carbon 'onions'

STRANGEparentsshouldhaveunusualoffspring.Sureenough

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Lazy photon among the missing in exotic LHC roll call

ByValerieJamiesonLazyphotons

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Earth in for bumpy ride as solar storms hit

ByDavidShiga(Image:NASA/SolarDynamicsObservatoryviaGettyImages)Editorial:“Noroomforcomplacencyoversolarstorms“Update:Aburstofsolarwindcalledacoronalmassejection(CME)reachedEarth’smagneticfiel

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Death-defying time crystal could outlast the universe

ByLisaGrossmaninCambridge

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Light's speed limit is safe for now

ByRobertGaristoReadmore:“Wasspeedingneutrinoclaimahumanerror?“Newsthatthefaster-than-lightneutrinosthatcausedasensationinSeptembermayhaveamundaneexplanation–afaultycableconnection–comesaslittlesu

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Molecules from scratch without the fiendish physics

ByLisaGrossmanASUITEofartificialintelligencealgorithmsmaybecometheultimatechemistryset.Softwarecannowquicklypredictapropertyofmoleculesfromtheirtheoreticalstructure.Similaradvancesshouldallowchemistst

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LHC boosts energy to snag Higgs – and superpartners

ByDavidShigaIthasalreadybrokentherecordforthemostenergeticparticlecollisions

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Was speeding neutrino claim a human error?

ByLisaGrossmanandCelesteBieverSpeedyneutrinos?Notsofast.TheshockingresultthatneutrinosapparentlytravelledfromSwitzerlandtoItalyfasterthanthespeedoflightmayhavebeenduetoamalfunctioningfibre-opticca

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Web freedoms fuel 'academic spring' journal protest

ByJacobAronInspiredbyaUniversityofCambridgemathematician

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Asteroid orbits modelled in a single atom

ByLisaGrossmanELECTRONScanorbitthenucleusofanatominthesamewayaclassofasteroidsorbitsthesun.Theworkcouldallowfornewlevelsofcontroloverchemicalreactions.Manypeoplepictureatomsasminisolarsystems

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The ups and downs in the search for sterile neutrinos

ByLisaGrossmanThetimelinebelowaccompaniesthismainstory:Sterileneutrinosleaveghostlyfingerprintsoncosmos↑1985:Observationsofhowradioactivetritiumdecaysshowhintsofanewtypeofneutrinoweighing17kiloelect

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Blame dark matter underdog for mystery missing lithium

ByDavidShigaANUNDERDOGdark-matterparticlecouldexplainwhytheuniverseseemsstrangelylowonlithium.Iftheideaholdsup

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How fresco-wrecking salty towers build themselves

CORAL-likeformationsofsaltsometimessproutuponwalls

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Bionic butterfly wings are ultimate heat sensors

ByMaggieMcKeeMoveoverspidersilk.Butterflywingsarethenew“it”materialoftheanimalkingdom

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Harnessing the quantum power of empty space

ByDavidHarris“NOTHINGwillcomeofnothing.”Shakespeare’sepithetseemsthekindofself-evidentstatementthatonlypoetsandphilosopherswouldargueover.AndphysicistslikeChrisWilson.Lastyear

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Nash's beautiful mind pre-empted million-dollar puzzle

ByJacobAronJohnNash’smindisevenmoreexquisitethanwethought.TheNobellaureate

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Slow graphene down, speed computers up

ByDavidShigaAstonishingconductivityhelpedthediscoverersofgraphenewintheNobelprizeinphysicsin2010.Nowawaytoswitchofftheeasyflowofelectronsinthiswonderformofcarbonisbringingsuperfastgraphenecomputersclo

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