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Viewpoint: Listening for the Cosmic Hum of Black Holes

A new analysis technique would allow the gravitational-wave “background” from distant black hole mergers to be detected in days instead of years. Read More »

Biological Physics

Focus: How 1000 Bacterial Species Can Coexist

The surprising stability of large and diverse bacterial communities can be explained by a model that emphasizes the microbes’ food requirements. Read More »


Synopsis: Stretching Graphene Localizes its Electrons

The electrical properties of a graphene bilayer can be tuned by stretching and rotating one of the bilayer’s sheets. Read More »

Materials Science

Synopsis: Getting More out of Electron Microscopy

A new analysis technique allows researchers to extract atomic-resolution holographic images of materials using a transmission electron microscope. Read More »

Nuclear Physics

Synopsis: Muons for Nuclear Waste Inspection

Muons could be used to check whether spent fuel rods are missing from the casks used to store waste nuclear material. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Viewpoint: Homing in on Axions?

A search for dark matter axions with unprecedented sensitivity tests a previously inaccessible parameter range for these hypothetical particles. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Focus: Neutrinos with a Single Energy

Neutrinos in a beam have a wide range of energies, but a new trick allowed researchers to isolate fixed-energy neutrinos, which can improve the precision in future experiments. Read More »

Biological Physics

Synopsis: Connecting Noisy Single-Cell Dynamics to Smooth Population Growth

A new theoretical framework connects the exponential growth of a cell population to the stochastic replication of individual cells within the population. Read More »


Synopsis: The Geometry of Arctic Ponds

A geometric model of meltwater ponds may help predict how the polar ice caps might evolve under future climate changes. Read More »

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