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Spectacular collision of two neutron stars observed for first time

LIGO–Virgo collaboration and dozens of telescopes see gravitational waves and gamma rays from stupendous event, triggering new era in "multi-messenger astronomy"

Ultracold molecules with electric and magnetic moments stick around

Long-lived molecules could shed light on the hyperfine interaction

Mpemba effect could occur in granular fluids

Odd phenomenon that hot water freezes faster than cold appears to be mirrored in granular media

Experiments shed new light on how life-giving carbon is forged in stars

Physicists monitor decay of carbon-12's Hoyle state

Do topological waves occur in the oceans?

Kelvin and Yanai waves share similarities with topological insulators

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A glimpse of Einstein in Zurich

Sarah Tesh visits IBM Research and ETH Zurich

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Illuminating a radio icon

Podcast How the historic Lovell telescope was transformed into a multimedia art installation

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Faces of Physics: human organs on a chip

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Show us your metal

Harvard physicists Isaac Silvera and Ranga Dias claim they made metallic hydrogen, but other remain unconvinced. Jon Cartwright explores both sides of the argument

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Starting out strong

Choosing meaningful research topics at the start of a career is essential, say Philip G Judge, Isabel Lipartito and Roberto Casini, as they give their tips for the budding research scientist

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Making space

Robert P Crease reveals that space is not always as we know it

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Serving the public

Congressman Bill Foster calls on more physicists to get involved at all levels of government and politics

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Science at the Fringe

Andrew Glester visits this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and reviews three of the several science-themed shows at this year’s festival

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