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Synopsis: Quantum-Fluid Droplets Hold Bevy of Charge

Tiny droplets of superfluid helium can contain more than fifty charges, which could act as nucleation sites for growing nanostructures. Read More »

Nobel Prize—Tackling Cosmic Questions

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes research that helped explain the evolution of the Universe and reveal the prevalence of worlds like our own. Read More »

Materials Science

Synopsis: Discovering New Magnetic Materials with Machine Learning

A new computing experiment suggests that machine-learning algorithms can accelerate the discovery and design of new magnetic materials. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Viewpoint: Directly Measuring an Entangled State

Researchers have directly measured the components of a nonlocal, entangled wave function, rather than relying on indirect tomographic or reconstructive techniques. Read More »


Synopsis: Turning an Accelerator into a Microscope

A linear accelerator delivers high-energy electrons that can be used to image samples too thick for conventional transmission electron microscopes. Read More »

Soft Matter

Viewpoint: Jamming Grains Come Full Circle

The characterization of a new transition in sheared grains helps to fill in the phase diagram for granular materials. Read More »


Focus: Video—Spinning Loop of String Lifts Itself

Friction with the air allows a rapidly rotating loop of string to lift up its unsupported end. Read More »

Nuclear Physics

Synopsis: Nuclear Spectroscopy Reveals New Shapes of Excited Nuclei

Cadmium nuclei take on multiple shapes at low excitation energies, a discovery that overturns a long-accepted tenet of nuclear structure. Read More »


Q&A: Paving A Path for AI in Physics Research

Brian Nord imagines a future where machines test hypotheses on their own—and considers the challenges ahead as scientists embrace artificial intelligence techniques. Read More »

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