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Synopsis: Multiferroic Surprise

Electric and magnetic polarization are spontaneously produced in an unlikely material—one with a highly symmetric crystal structure. Read More »

Soft Matter

Synopsis: Explaining Chevron-Shaped Bands in Drying Colloids

Experiments explain why solidifying colloids sometimes form zigzagging stripes as they dry. Read More »


Viewpoint: Deciphering Gamma Rays from a Dwarf Galaxy

Are gamma rays from a nearby dwarf galaxy a beacon of dark matter or a false alarm? Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Focus: Self-Removing Droplets

Liquid droplets that gather on a fine, water-repelling fiber kick themselves off the fiber as they coalesce. Read More »

Chemical Physics

Synopsis: Seeing a Bond’s Polarity

A new scanning-probe-microscopy technique can image the polarity of individual chemical bonds. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Synopsis: A Solid Squeeze

Solid tin has been compressed to a record high pressure without undergoing melting. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Viewpoint: Elusive Pentaquark Comes into View

A new type of particle containing five quarks has been observed by the LHCb experiment. Read More »

Soft Matter

Synopsis: Wedged Particles Make Crystals

Rod-shaped particles in a liquid arrange into a variety of structures when subjected to confining walls, an effect that might be used to design optical materials. Read More »

Materials Science

Viewpoint: Watching Quasicrystals Grow

In situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy has been used to witness quasicrystals in the act of growing. Read More »

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