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Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: Relaxons Heat Up Thermal Transport

A recasting of the theory that underlies thermal transport in electrical insulators relies on new vibrational modes called relaxons. Read More »


Meetings: Physics Gets in Touch with Its “Softer” Side

Foams that mop up chemical spills, gears driven by light, and teeth made from magnetic particles were some of the technological advances presented at the 2016 International Soft Matter Conference in Grenoble, France. Read More »

Biological Physics

Focus: Evolution Thins Out Distracting DNA

Proteins sometimes bind to the wrong stretch of DNA, but these "imposter" DNA sequences are statistically rare in many genomes, suggesting that evolution works against them. Read More »


Synopsis: Superconductivity Model Misses Its Target

Researchers have added dopant atoms to a quantum spin liquid in an effort to make it superconduct, but the material upended theory by remaining an insulator. Read More »


Viewpoint: Inside a Plasma Shock

Satellites orbiting near the edge of Earth’s magnetosphere have measured the velocities of ions accelerated by a shockwave with unprecedented temporal resolution. Read More »

Chemical Physics

Synopsis: Hydrogen Bonding Comes to the Rescue

Hydrogen bonding may safeguard biomolecules against the damaging effects of UV light. Read More »


Viewpoint: Cold Results from Fast Lasers

Ultrafast lasers show promise to cool down and trap atomic species inaccessible to more traditional methods. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Focus: Nobel Prize—Topological Phases of Matter

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to theoretical physicists whose work established the role of topology in understanding exotic forms of matter. Read More »


Synopsis: Decoding the Light from Ten Million Quantum Dots

A spectroscopy method can identify quantum dots within an ensemble based on their size and emission frequency. Read More »

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