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Biological Physics

Synopsis: Sorting Blood Cells via Their Stiffness

A proposed modification to a microfluidic cell-sorting device could separate cells by their deformability, an important marker for several diseases. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Synopsis: Neutrino Probes of Long-Range Interactions

Researchers place new limits on hypothetical interactions between neutrinos and large electron populations on galactic scales. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: A Metamaterial for Superscattering Light

A team has engineered a subwavelength structure that features a greatly enhanced capacity to scatter microwave light. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Focus: Noise Improves Flow of Energy

A quantum effect in which random fluctuations help waves to propagate has been demonstrated in a chain of ten atoms. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: Freezing a 2D Ion Crystal

A laser scheme cools more than a hundred vibrational modes of a 2D crystal to close to their quantum mechanical ground state. Read More »

Computational Physics

Synopsis: Extra Dimensions Give Optimization a Boost

The computation of stable atomic structures can be greatly accelerated if performed in a space with extra dimensions. Read More »

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Making Swallowing Safer

Experiments using a replica model of the mouth and throat could help in designing safe-to-eat drinks, foods, and drugs for those who have trouble swallowing. Read More »

Particles and Fields

Synopsis: Black Holes Could Reveal New Ultralight Particles

Gravitational-wave signals could contain clues to extremely low-mass particles predicted by extensions of the standard model of particle physics. Read More »

Optics

Focus: Video—Juggling Droplets

A pair of microscopic liquid droplets suspended by a laser beam can execute a surprisingly stable “juggling” pattern for up to 30 minutes. Read More »

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