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Quasi-phase transition spotted in water-filled carbon nanotubes

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Former Lawrence Livermore physicist begins jail term

Quantum-computing scientist guilty of research-funding fraud

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Create films with the sounds of space

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Book of the Year 2016

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Cuckoo forgeries – a bird's-eye view

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Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity

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This time it's different

Robert P Crease claims the traditional model of scientific authority is defunct

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Of old habits and new ideas

Controversy and opposition in the face of world-changing innovation has a long history and being an innovator is never plain sailing, says Wasiu O Popoola

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