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  • Oliver Brüning and Lucio Rossi discuss an upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC), which aims to significantly increase the luminosity.

    • Oliver Brüning
    • Lucio Rossi
    Comment
  • Steinar Stapnes discusses the Compact Linear Collider, a linear accelerator that could be built in three stages at CERN.

    • Steinar Stapnes
    Comment
  • Edda Gschwendtner and Patric Muggli discuss the concept of plasma wakefield acceleration and its potential for future particle colliders and other applications.

    • Edda Gschwendtner
    • Patric Muggli
    Comment
  • XinChou Lou describes the plans for the Circular Electron Positron Collider, a large accelerator complex that would be built in China.

    • XinChou Lou
    Comment
  • In this month’s Editorial we explore the status of global nuclear research and industry post-Fukushima and find positive developments.

    Editorial
  • Shinichiro Michizono describes the International Linear Collider, a proposed 250 GeV electron–positron collider using superconducting radiofrequency technology.

    • Shinichiro Michizono
    Comment
  • Calculations show that contrary to the commonly accepted idea, sound waves carry a tiny negative mass and create a gravitational field that is associated with it.

    • Anastasiia Novikova
    Research Highlight
  • New experiments on swarms of Caenorhabditis elegans reveal that the worm can form a dynamical network that can be understood using active matter physics, and controlled using genetic manipulation.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight
  • How the mass of super-Earths affects mantle convection is a key question for understanding rocky exoplanet structure and thermal dynamics. New material models based on ab initio mineral calculations characterize convection, with implications for magnetism, planetary cooling, atmospheric composition and habitability.

    • Tom Henshall
    Research Highlight
  • Paul Howarth discusses the current challenges and opportunities in nuclear research and development.

    • Paul Howarth
    Comment
  • Reviews take a lot of work and involve many people. Here is a short story illustrating the process from idea to publication and all the players.

    Editorial
  • New simulations of DNA suggest that its surprising flexibility on short length scales can be predicted from the crookedness of its structure.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight
  • In January, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) completed its 6-year-mission to map more than 300 million distant galaxies; however, the equally arduous task of analysing the data is just beginning.

    • Iulia Georgescu
    Research Highlight
  • Many small research reactors used as neutron sources are being shut down. To replace them, new facilities are being developed. In particular, compact accelerator-based neutron sources can take up many of the activities previously supported by reactor-based facilities.

    • John M. Carpenter
    Comment
  • Cosmological hydrodynamics simulations reveal the possible formation of supermassive stars within metal-free primordial gas haloes. These stars are thought to be the origin of supermassive black holes.

    • Anastasiia Novikova
    Research Highlight
  • Gail Marcus discusses the current social, political and economic factors shaping the development of nuclear power worldwide.

    • Gail H. Marcus
    Comment
  • The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is upgrading to become the first high-energy fourth generation synchrotron. It will be a test bed for new technologies and will provide users with unprecedented measurement capabilities.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
    Feature
  • As Nature Reviews Physics takes its first step, publishing its first issue, we outline the journal’s scope, aims and dreams for the future. We call on readers, authors and referees to join us on our journey.

    Editorial
  • Two Nature Photonics papers report on microresonator laser frequency combs that enable spectrometer calibration with a precision high enough to potentially spot Earth-like planets in exo-planet searches.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight