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Distorting Nuclear Mirror

Two “mirror” nuclei, in which the numbers of neutrons and protons are interchanged, have markedly different shapes—a finding that defies current nuclear theories. Read More »

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A Superconducting Qubit that Protects Itself

A newly proposed superconducting circuit architecture employs  a synthetic magnetic field to create a qubit that is intrinsically protected from noise. Read More »

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Elongated Cells May Unjam Cancers

In tightly packed tissues, a cancer cell’s motility is linked to the shape of the cell and of its nucleus. Read More »

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Unexpected Universality in Superconductor Behavior

In contrast with predictions, researchers find no variation in a thermoelectric signal (known as the Nernst signal) for different types of superconductor. Read More »

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Speeding Up Ultrafast Spectroscopy

A signal-processing algorithm called compressive sensing lets researchers characterize a sample with ultrafast spectroscopy using far fewer measurements than before.  Read More »

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Iceberg Shape Affects Melting

Experiments with large ice cubes show that the melting rate depends on the shape, an effect that climate modelers may need to consider. Read More »

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Doubly Strange Nucleus Observed

Particle physicists have detected a short-lived nucleus containing two strange quarks, whose properties could provide new insights into the behavior of other nuclear particles. Read More »

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The Many Personalities of Oil Mixed with Water

Turning an emulsion of oil droplets in water into one consisting of water droplets in oil drastically changes the fluid’s properties. Read More »

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Femtosecond Probe Catches Electrons Relaxing

Pump-probe experiments measure the time it takes for electrons to thermalize and cool after photoexcitation. Read More »

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