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News: December 2016

The world of physics in 2017

A rocky road lies in store for the global physics community, especially in the US

Flash Physics: Diamond-defect FM-radio tunes in, Slovenia joins CERN, first plasma for WEST tokamak

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Audio and visual highlights of 2016

String wars, Native American voices and the many faces of physics

Antiatoms yield their first optical spectrum

Result paves the way to high-precision tests of matter-antimatter asymmetry

Images of 2016 in physics

From politics to penguins: a picture review of the world of physics in 2016

Flash Physics: Helium half-quantum vortices, Tokamak Energy gets £10 million, magnetic switch controls heat

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Dual optical clock races towards peak precision

System reduces dead time by switching between atomic ensembles

Flash Physics: Xavier Barcons to lead ESO, molecular fountain, X-ray phase-contrast imaging goes mainstream

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Robust defence of string theory wins Physics World's 2016 Book of the Year

Why String Theory? by Joseph Conlon is our choice for the year's best popular-physics book, while Cosmos: the Infographic Book of Space by Stuart Lowe and Chris North is Highly Commended

Quantum free fall at 8500 m

Ultracold atoms study the equivalence principle on parabolic flight

Flash Physics: Graphene meets Silly Putty, new linear-collider bosses, Majorana pairs spotted

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

LIGO's gravitational-wave discovery is Physics World 2016 Breakthrough of the Year

Long-awaited direct detection of Einstein's gravitational waves tops our list of the 10 key breakthroughs in physics this year

Sonic Lamb shift detected in ultracold atoms

Phononic effect puts quantum electrodynamics to the test

Flash Physics: Dark matter is smooth, UK boosts industrial physics, Pakistan honours Abdus Salam

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Robust structural colour is inspired by a tropical bird

Self-assembling, random network of pores creates a wide range of colours

Flash Physics: Vibrots tumble and turn, string theorists bag Breakthrough Prize, microwave chip is a first

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Tiny device pumps out one electron at a time

Research paves the way to a new definition of the ampere

Flash Physics: Earthquake puzzle solved, scientists write to Trump, nuclear pasta delays neutrinos

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

UK science chief urges quantum-technologies boost

Time is right for commercialization, says innovation agency

Flash Physics: LIGO resumes its search, sound moves magnetic domains, asteroid is tiny and bright

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics