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Seeking Stability in a Relativistic Fluid

A fluid dynamics theory that violates causality would always generate paradoxical instabilities—a result that could guide the search for a theory for relativistic fluids. Read More »

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Why Moths Are Not So Speedy

When flying, hawkmoths need to delicately balance lift and drag in a way that limits their top speed, according to simulations. Read More »

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Super Heavy Element Factory Releases First Results

Initial findings of the Super Heavy Element Factory—an atom smasher in Russia—reveal details about some of the heaviest known elements. Read More »

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Why a Gold Palace is Turning Purple

A gilded palace in Spain has turned purple thanks to corrosion and gold nanoparticles. Read More »

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Surprising Colors with Scotch Tape

A physicist’s do-it-yourself art project makes vibrant images with a pair of polarizers and carefully placed layers of transparent tape. Read More »

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Schrödinger Win for Extreme Waves

Researchers create the most realistic rogue waves to date, showing dynamics that follow those expected for extreme waves in more idealized systems. Read More »

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Breakthrough Prize for the Physics of Quantum Information…and of Cells

This year’s Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics went to four pioneers of quantum information science. Physics also had a stake in the Breakthrough Prize for life sciences. Read More »

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Going Beyond Fermi’s Golden Rule

Researchers have calculated the likelihood that a quantum state will decay when its evolution is inhibited by a dearth of final states. Read More »

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Shining Light on Electron Microscopy

A new method that uses laser light to both generate and shape electron beams could improve the resolution of electron microscopy. Read More »

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