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UK physics faces EU choice

Simon Perks looks at how physics could be affected by the UK's referendum this month on its membership of the European Union

Particle 'X' may have snuffed out cosmic lithium

New hypothesis seeks to reconcile theory and observations of the early universe

High-efficiency flat lenses shrink down to the nanoscale

Ultrathin lens could replace bulky lenses in smartphones and telescopes

New Horizons lifts the lid on Pluto's peculiar polygons

Convection cells create the patchwork surface of Sputnik Planum, say scientists

Huge magma reservoir could be lurking under South Korean island

New seismic-tomography model reveals an unexpected feature

Ingredients for life spotted on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

Glycine could have arrived on a young Earth from space, say Rosetta scientists

Schrödinger's cat lives and dies in two boxes at once

Physicists create a double cat state in two entangled microwave cavities

Jailed Iranian physicist freed temporarily after cancer treatment

Omid Kokabee on medical parole after five years in prison

Coherent terahertz radiation created in laser plasmas

New technique could lead to intense tabletop terahertz sources

Did solar superflares spark life on Earth?

Huge storms on the Sun could have disrupted our planet's magnetic shield

Protons swim with ease through shark jelly

Discovery could help to explain how some fish detect tiny electric fields

'Magnetic-charge ice' slides into view

Frustrated material could lead to better computer memories

Mega-tsunamis shaped ancient Martian shoreline

Huge meteorite impacts created a splash in northern Mars 3.4 billion years ago

Artificial optical nanostructure outperforms butterfly wings

"Gyroid" photonic crystal could have a number of technological applications

Ultrasensitive magnetic-field sensor could be made from a wobbling compass needle

Tiny sliver of cobalt should undergo precession in weak magnetic fields, say physicists