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Strong Currents Don’t Faze Salt Marsh Coastal Defenses

A model captures the influence of plant flexibility, leaves, and current on wave dissipation by a meadow of marsh plants. Read More »

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Real-Time Monitoring of Nanoscale Polarization Switching

Researchers have visualized the nanoscale jumps in a ferroelectric’s polarization that are thought to play a key role in how well some ferroelectric devices function. Read More »

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Photons Get Slippery

Researchers have turned light into a superfluid by using a “synthetic” dimension, which is created by using temporal degrees of freedom to mimic spatial degrees of freedom. Read More »

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Pinning Down the Fate of Fluorine

The first results from the Jinping Underground Nuclear Astrophysics particle accelerator refine a key reaction rate for the destruction of fluorine in stars. Read More »

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Rising Above the Quantum Noise

The control of molecular-level quantum effects in artificial photosynthetic membranes is a powerful tuning knob for optimizing long-range energy transport, according to a theoretical study. Read More »

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Reversing Flow in Charged Membranes

The process of osmosis is predicted—under certain conditions—to act in the opposite direction within charged membranes. Read More »

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Images Captured of Colliding Microjets

Researchers have successfully imaged the collision of a pair of micrometer-wide jets made of tin particles. Read More »

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A Less Invasive Approach to Rheology Measurements

Researchers have demonstrated a method of probing a soft material’s properties that could allow them to capture those properties more accurately and for smaller systems than current methods. Read More »

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Nobel Prize: Complexity from Atoms to Atmospheres

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics honors research on complex systems that undergo significant fluctuations, including glasses and Earth’s climate. Read More »

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