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Europhysics News, Vol. 47/3 – May/June 2016 can be downloaded on the magazine’s website.

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Physics of ball sports

Ball sports have been part of human history for thousands of years [1]. Nowadays, 13 of them are part of the Olympic games (badminton, basketball, beach volley, football/soccer, golf, handball, hockey, rugby, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, ice hockey). All these games differ by launcher (hand, club, racket, bat), ball (size, shape and mass), pitch size and number of players. These differences induce different ball velocities. Apart from the velocities and the way to maximize them, we discuss in this article the ball trajectories and their impact on the size of sports fields.

Discovering new information from historical artefacts – Using electromagnetic radiation and charged particles as a probe

Archaeological artefacts included in cultural heritage contribute to the knowledge of our roots, which may help us to learn about our future. Although the connection between ancient times and nuclear technology seems farfetched, this paper will try to show how nuclear radiation of various kinds can be irreplaceable in the elemental composition analysis of an archaeological find.

Letter to the Editors

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CO2-Neutral Fuels

Mimicking the biogeochemical cycle of System Earth, synthetic hydrocarbon fuels are produced from recycled CO2 and H2O powered by renewable energy. Recapturing CO2 after use closes the carbon cycle, rendering the fuel cycle CO2 neutral. Non-equilibrium molecular CO2 vibrations are key to high energy efficiency.

Disappearing iron

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