Viewpoints

Particle Scattering Simplified

Particle Scattering Simplified

October 20, 2014

Lance J. Dixon

A new formula for the scattering of massless particles may simplify predictions and analyses of LHC experiments and shed new light on quantum gravity theories.

Magnetic Fields Lock in the Heat for Fusion

Magnetic Fields Lock in the Heat for Fusion

October 14, 2014

Riccardo Betti

Sandia researchers demonstrate that magnetic fields help retain heat in an imploding pellet of fuel, increasing the number of fusion reactions.

A Challenge to Lepton Universality

A Challenge to Lepton Universality

October 6, 2014

Gudrun Hiller

The finding that electrons and muons aren’t produced equally in certain particle decays may hint at a crack in the standard model.

Victory for the Quantum Code Maker?

Victory for the Quantum Code Maker?

September 29, 2014

Roger Colbeck

To fend off potential hackers, researchers have taken a theoretical step closer to realizing a device-independent quantum cryptography protocol.

Synopses

Wedding Registries Reveal Migration Paths

Wedding Registries Reveal Migration Paths

October 16, 2014

The long-term movement of Korean migrants, as recorded in genealogy books, follows a statistical pattern that combines aspects of both diffusive and convective flows.

Optimizing Crop Irrigation

Optimizing Crop Irrigation

October 15, 2014

The factors that affect the distribution of water in dry, sandy soil are tested in a lab-scale model.

Proton Longevity Pushes New Bounds

Proton Longevity Pushes New Bounds

October 14, 2014

A long-running experiment in Japan has released a new lower limit on the proton lifetime, which begins to constrain certain particle physics theories.

Milky Way’s Center Stays in the Dark

Milky Way’s Center Stays in the Dark

October 9, 2014

Simple dark matter and astrophysical models can’t explain a gamma-ray signal from our Galaxy’s center.

Focus

Saving Space with Quantum Information

Saving Space with Quantum Information

October 17, 2014

A technique that packs the full content of three bits of quantum information into two may be a space saver for quantum computers.

Nobel Prize—Seeing Single Molecules

Nobel Prize—Seeing Single Molecules

October 13, 2014

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Much of this field can be traced back to the first detection of single molecules in solids.

Notes from the Editors

Blue Was the Hardest Color

Blue Was the Hardest Color

October 13, 2014

The winners of the 2014 Physics Nobel Prize solved several major engineering problems over a period of decades before finally producing a useful blue LED.


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