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LIGO detects first ever gravitational waves – from two merging black holes

Momentous discovery marks start of a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy

Theorists disentangle particle identity

New view on entanglement could boost quantum technology

Trees break at fixed wind speed, irrespective of size or species

Critical speed is derivable from a few simple scaling laws

Physicists plan to seek Higgs force in atomic spectra

Isotope shift could provide a table-top test of how the Higgs boson couples to matter

Quantum-limited heat conduction smashes long-distance record

Ultra-efficient heat transfer could keep quantum computers cool

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What is a topological insulator?

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Rocking the status quo in science

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Burned from the inside out

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