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  • How did the leopard get its spots? According to Rudyard Kipling’s 1902 children’s story, the leopard’s spots were created by fingerprints of an Ethiopian man. Fifty years later, Alan Turing laid the mathematical foundations of our understanding of leopard spots today.

    • Ankita Anirban
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  • A paper in Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports the physics of how the structure of part of the ear of wheat contributes to fungal spores being agglomerated by the dew cycle.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • An article in Physical Reviews X shows that quantum correlations can enhance the expressivity of generative models, suggesting new ways to develop improved (quantum-inspired) classical machine learning methods.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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  • A paper in Physical Review Letters uses experiments and simulations to understand the mechanical properties of bird nests.

    • Ankita Anirban
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  • Sonja Franke-Arnold discusses the first experimental generation of light with orbital angular momentum three decades ago and outlines the subsequent advances.

    • Sonja Franke-Arnold
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  • 45 years after being coined, the quantum Zeno effect still holds surprises.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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  • The first confirmed discovery of a planet outside our Solar System was announced 30 years ago. Since then, technical developments have enabled detection of thousands of exoplanets.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • A paper in Physical Review X reports on the role of spatial coherence in branched flow patterns in light.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • A paper in Science Advances uses a laboratory setup to simulate galaxy cluster cores and explain the suppression of heat conduction from the plasma core.

    • Ankita Anirban
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  • Two recent studies report more stringent constraints on dark matter from experiments with atoms and ions that make use of techniques and devices developed for quantum technologies.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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  • A paper in Physical Review Letters reports how twisting yarn makes it stronger.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • A paper in Nature shows how reinforcement learning can solve the problem of optimizing the magnetic field in a tokamak to create a variety of plasma configurations, including ones that haven’t been achieved before.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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  • Two recent studies look for magnetic monopoles in very different, and rather exotic, places: in heavy ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider and the IceCube neutrino detector in Antarctica.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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  • Two papers in Physical Review Letters report experiments and simulations on how fluid flow affects the shapes of ice and rock formations in water.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • Forty years ago saw the introduction of stochastic resonance — the counter-intuitive idea that noise may help a nonlinear system respond to a weak signal.

    • Zoe Budrikis
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  • In 1961, Rolf Landauer noted that erasing one bit of information has a thermodynamics cost. This observation explained Maxwell’s demon paradox and was influential in the early days of quantum computing.

    • Iulia Georgescu
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