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Biological Physics

Synopsis: Microbes Share, But Not Too Much

Microbial cooperation involves the diffusion of nutrients from one species to another, but too high a diffusion rate weakens the cooperative bond. Read More »

Materials Science

Synopsis: Towards Better Carbon Capture

Calculations show how the efficiency of a promising carbon-capture material can be optimized by adding dopants. Read More »

Optics

Synopsis: Terahertz Combs Get Fine Teeth

A new scheme to generate terahertz frequency combs features unprecedented bandwidth and frequency accuracy. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Viewpoint: Cyclotron Radiation from One Electron

An electron’s energy can be determined with high accuracy by detecting the radiation it emits when moving in a magnetic field. Read More »

Biological Physics

Focus: Bacteria Stick Together as Living Crystals

Rotating bacterial cells suck one another into a 2D crystal structure, an unprecedented pattern for living organisms. Read More »

Superconductivity

Synopsis: Superconductors Under Pressure

The coupling of electrons to anharmonic crystal vibrations may explain the record high-temperature superconductivity in highly pressurized hydrogen sulfide. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Synopsis: No Hint of Exotic Higgs Particles

An analysis of data from the now-shuttered Tevatron excludes certain Higgs bosons with exotic properties. Read More »

Astrophysics

Viewpoint: The Simplicity of Black Holes

The no-hair theorem was originally formulated to describe isolated black holes, but an extended version now describes the more realistic case of a black hole distorted by nearby matter. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: Rapid Alignment

A frequency comb can align an ensemble of molecules 150 million times per second. Read More »

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