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Biological Physics

Synopsis: New Evidence for Brain Criticality

Researchers observe a critical point—a feature indicative of a continuous phase transition—in the brain’s electrical activity as it switches from an asleep-like to an awake-like state. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: A Record Number of Atoms Trapped in a Pattern

Researchers trap 111 neutral atoms in a predefined, defect-free motif using a new method that could, in the foreseeable future, control one million such atoms. Read More »


Focus: Longer Movies at Four Trillion Frames per Second

A new technique produces long-lasting movies of nonluminous objects with just a few hundred femtoseconds between frames. Read More »

Nuclear Physics

Synopsis: Tin Gets Kinky

The observation that tin nuclei suddenly increase in size when the number of neutrons they contain reaches a “magic” number helps test models of nucleon interactions. Read More »


Synopsis: On-Demand Solutions for Black Hole Mergers

An analytical model may provide a faster and more accurate way to analyze the gravitational-wave signals from black hole mergers. Read More »

Atomic and Molecular Physics

Synopsis: A Step Toward Simulating Spin Glasses

Cavity-mediated interactions can force two Bose-Einstein condensates into one of two mutually exclusive states, potentially allowing for quantum simulation of spin frustration. Read More »

Condensed Matter Physics

Viewpoint: Atomic Force Microscope Images Molecules in 3D

A new trick simplifies the atomic force microscope imaging of the 3D structure of nonflat molecules. Read More »

Soft Matter

Focus: New Patterns for an Old Effect

Particles that trace the vibration pattern of a surface behave differently underwater—an effect that could potentially allow manipulation of microscopic particles for biomedical purposes. Read More »


Synopsis: Sound-Induced Bubbles for Drug Delivery

Ultrasound-induced bubble formation, which may benefit drug delivery and other medical procedures, is affected by transitions in surrounding lipid membranes. Read More »

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