Viewpoints

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.

The Stopping Power of Hot Nuclear Matter

The Stopping Power of Hot Nuclear Matter

September 22, 2014

Cristina Manuel

LHC experiments show that the quark-gluon plasma stops jets made of light and heavy quarks equally well, offering insights into a state of matter thought to have existed in the early Universe.

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

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.

Making Invisible Cracks Visible

Making Invisible Cracks Visible

October 3, 2014

A new acoustic imaging technique could reveal previously invisible cracks in bridges or other infrastructure.

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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