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Shanghai round-up

Next stop Beijing

How LIGO got the word out about gravitational waves

LIGO's Amber Stuver talks about outreach and social media



Tracking neutrinos in virtual reality

Podcast VR app lets you explore the inner workings of the MicroBooNE neutrino detector



Why we should give credit to code creators

Arfon Smith argues that we need to adopt better ways of recognizing contributors to software development in physics


A quantum boost for machine learning

Maria Schuld describes how researchers plan to enhance machine learning using quantum computation



Interstate discomfort

Robert P Crease explains why trying to patent software is such a hard thing to do



On the shoulders of hidden giants

NASA engineer K Renee Horton raves about Hidden Figures, the film and the book, that tells the story of the African American women who helped the US win the space race


A tour de force of the cosmos

The line between scientific idealism and scientific realism is blurry, as all scientific endeavours are affected by human bias, says Lionel London

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