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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Some nuclei exist close to a quantum phase transition

Discovery could shed light on production of heavy elements in stars

Flash Physics: New radiation detectors, agreement on Cherenkov observatory and artificial intelligence

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

In depth

Adventures in search of auroras

This fascinating account of the Northern Lights taught reviewer (and space plasma physicist) Colin Forsyth a thing or two about aurora science

A billion pixels, a billion stars

Gerry Gilmore and Floor van Leeuwen explain how the precise data from the Gaia mission will revolutionize our view of the galaxy

Thinking big thoughts

Vlatko Vedral is wowed by cosmologist Sean Carroll’s paean to "poetic naturalism" and the ability of science to bring meaning to the world

Another giant leap

The story of a group of women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early days of rocketry draws both praise and criticism from Lisa Ruth Rand