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Japan’s SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions

Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together

Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel

New material is made by compressing treated wood

Three photons bind together to make a ‘molecule’ of light

Technique could be used to create quantum-information systems

Nuclear excitation by electron capture seen at long last

Breakthrough could lead to new type of energy source

Pistachio trees 'talk' to their neighbours, reveals statistical physics

Ising model could account for nut production of pistachio orchards

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Looking – into the future

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The dark side

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Let's start at the very beginning

Origins is an illuminating account of the science behind the creation of the universe, and much more, writes Sabine Hossenfelder

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The man behind the machine

The Turing Guide comprehensively covers the work and life of Alan Turing, and is a testament to his lasting legacy, says Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf

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