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Viewpoint: Pushing Towards Room-Temperature Superconductivity

Two independent studies report superconductivity at record high temperatures in hydrogen-rich materials under extreme pressure. Read More »


Life is Physics

Physicists are on the hunt for a “theory of life” that explains why life can exist. Read More »

Fluid Dynamics

Synopsis: Antispiral Formation at a Liquid Surface

Liquid falling from a horizontal film displays an intriguing pattern of inwardly rotating spirals. Read More »


Synopsis: One-Way Sound Transport

An array of air channels behaves as an “acoustic Chern insulator” in which sound waves travel only around the edges and only in one direction. Read More »

Biological Physics

Synopsis: Mapping a Tumor’s Mechanical Properties with Light

A new experiment uses a light probe to measure the mechanical response of a tumor, which provides information about its anatomy and the efficacy of therapeutic agents. Read More »


Viewpoint: A Metamaterial for Next Generation Particle Accelerators

An experiment reveals the potential of custom-engineered metamaterials to yield higher accelerating gradients than current particle accelerator technology allows. Read More »

Materials Science

Focus: Video—Slow-Motion Footage Captures Rubber Band Ripples

Videos of a moving rubber band show that the band takes on previously unpredicted wavy shapes when it is shot through the air. Read More »

Complex Systems

Synopsis: Extending the Kuramoto Model to Arbitrary Dimensions

The generalized version of a theory describing synchronization in an ensemble shows that coherence arises differently depending on whether the number of dimensions is even or odd.   Read More »

Topological Insulators

Synopsis: Interrupting Flow in a 2D Topological Insulator

Theorists predict that backscattering of electrons by magnetic impurities can disrupt current flow in a 2D topological insulator, in agreement with experiments. Read More »

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