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X-ray pioneers bag European Physical Society Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize

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Gravitational-wave observation helps pinpoint neutron-star mass limit

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Specialized structures absorb up to 99.95% of incident light

Quantum mechanics provides new insights into active fluids

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Intel unveils 49-qubit superconducting chip

Quantum processor named after Alaska’s Tangled Lakes

X-ray ‘GPS’ unveiled by NASA

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Quadrupole topological insulator created in mechanical metamaterial

Vibrations point the way to "corner states"

Chemists gear-up for 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table

UNESCO will celebrate 150th anniversary of iconic chart of the elements

Neutrons fly left or right depending on size of colliding nuclei

Outcome of collision determined by electromagnetic and strong forces

Optical ‘astrocomb’ could boost searches for Earth-like planets

Microresonator cavity operates at frequencies needed to make extremely precise observations

Quantum gravity could be probed by entangled masses

Physicists revisit thought experiment proposed by Richard Feynman

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