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Evaluating the Role of Scientific Awards

Science prizes can motivate scientists to take risks and think outside the box, but data show that not all groups share in this motivating experience.      Read More »

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Strong Currents Don’t Faze Salt Marsh Coastal Defenses

A model captures the influence of plant flexibility, leaves, and current on wave dissipation by a meadow of marsh plants. Read More »

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Measuring the Neutron Lifetime with Record-Breaking Precision

An improved version of a “bottle” experiment lets researchers lower the uncertainty on this important parameter—but a tantalizing discrepancy remains. Read More »

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Real-Time Monitoring of Nanoscale Polarization Switching

Researchers have visualized the nanoscale jumps in a ferroelectric’s polarization that are thought to play a key role in how well some ferroelectric devices function. Read More »

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Photons Get Slippery

Researchers have turned light into a superfluid by using a “synthetic” dimension, which is created by using temporal degrees of freedom to mimic spatial degrees of freedom. Read More »

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Pinning Down the Fate of Fluorine

The first results from the Jinping Underground Nuclear Astrophysics particle accelerator refine a key reaction rate for the destruction of fluorine in stars. Read More »

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Reversing Flow in Charged Membranes

The process of osmosis is predicted—under certain conditions—to act in the opposite direction within charged membranes. Read More »

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Rising Above the Quantum Noise

The control of molecular-level quantum effects in artificial photosynthetic membranes is a powerful tuning knob for optimizing long-range energy transport, according to a theoretical study. Read More »

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A Less Invasive Approach to Rheology Measurements

Researchers have demonstrated a method of probing a soft material’s properties that could allow them to capture those properties more accurately and for smaller systems than current methods. Read More »

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