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Mechanics

Focus: Microscopic Theory for Peeling Tape

Extensive experiments lead to a theory that describes the microscale, jerky process involved in the seemingly smooth peeling of tape from a surface. Read More »

Astrophysics

Synopsis: Galactic Spirals May Form Spontaneously

Spiral galaxies could be transient, nonequilibrium structures originating from the collapse of clouds of matter interacting solely through self-gravity.   Read More »

Statistical Physics

Viewpoint: A Theory to Tackle Supercooling

Reconciling the high viscosity of “supercooled” liquids with their microstructure has stumped existing theory, but an advance in liquid-state theory may lead to a resolution. Read More »

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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