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Music and science: a harmonious or discordant duo?

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The underlying physics of natural hazards

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Spying on volcanoes

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Fighting fire with fire

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Whose cave is it?

Robert P Crease is unhappy about what some physicists think about Plato

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Delivering on a quantum promise

Karl Svozil warns against overselling the long-term goals of quantum technology programmes

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Inferiority is complex

Inferior, which calls out the bad science used to endorse the cultural prejudice that women are biologically and psychologically second rate to men, is an engaging and harrowing read says Jess Wade

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