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Soft Matter

Synopsis: Capillary Effect in Grains Explained

Numerical simulations show that a previously observed capillary-like action in vibrating grain systems is due to convective motion of the grains.   Read More »

Topological Insulators

Viewpoint: Neural Networks Identify Topological Phases

A new machine-learning algorithm based on a neural network can tell a topological phase of matter from a conventional one. Read More »


Focus: Making Shear Waves for Ultrasonic Imaging

New filter allows shear waves to be produced efficiently, which could lead to higher resolution ultrasound images. Read More »

Quantum Information

Synopsis: A Dark Side for Qubits

Dark solitons in a Bose-Einstein condensate could, according to calculations, function as qubits with long lifetimes. Read More »

Quantum Physics

Synopsis: Scattering from the Quantum Vacuum

Polarized gamma rays could be used to measure how gamma-ray photons scatter off the virtual particles that make up the quantum vacuum. Read More »


Synopsis: Blocking out Starlight

A proposed telescope update could enable incoming light from multiple stars to be simultaneously blocked, making it easier to image exoplanets orbiting two or more stars. Read More »


Viewpoint: 3D View of a Comet’s Neighborhood

Detailed 3D simulations of a comet’s environment reveal the rich dynamics of ions and electrons observed by the Rosetta spacecraft around comet 67P. Read More »


Q&A: Catching a Gravitational Wave with a Pulsar’s Beam

Maura McLaughlin explains how the electromagnetic signals from fast-spinning neutron stars could be used to detect gravitational waves. Read More »

Soft Matter

Focus: Self-Spinning Grains Prove Granular Theory

Measurements of a two-dimensional “gas” made up of particles that spin when shaken bolsters a gas-like theory for granular materials. Read More »

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