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Fluid Dynamics

Synopsis: Tiny Droplets Do the Twist

Liquid-crystal droplets can act like controllable artificial swimmers, twisting in two and three dimensions. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: Taking Pictures with Single Ions

A new ion microscope with nanometer-scale resolution builds up images using single ions emitted one at a time from an ion trap. Read More »

Chemical Physics

Synopsis: Water Under Confinement

Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that the dielectric constant of water may dramatically change when the liquid is confined between two surfaces. Read More »

Graphene

Viewpoint: Chasing the Exciton Condensate

Unusual interactions between charges have been observed in two closely separated graphene bilayers, a promising system in which to create a condensate of electron-hole pairs. Read More »

Electronics

Focus: Detecting Photons With a Thermometer

A new technique detects as few as 200 microwave photons at a time by the heat they supply to an electrical circuit. Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: Making Hard Problems for Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that doesn’t solve problems but instead creates them for the purpose of evaluating quantum computers. Read More »

Statistical Physics

Synopsis: In, Yet Out of Equilibrium

An analysis of a popular model for active matter, like bacteria and buffalo herds, defines the conditions under which such systems can be described with the tools of equilibrium statistics. Read More »

FEATURE

Meetings: Highlights from CLEO 2016

High-tech silk, attosecond science, and tools for imaging arteries were among the topics discussed at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose, California. Read More »

Spintronics

Synopsis: How Spin Waves Bend

Researchers have verified experimentally that the reflection and refraction of spin waves at an interface follow a Snell’s-like law. Read More »

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