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  • A collaboration between art and science shows how to overcome the limits of traditional weaving techniques as reported in a recent article in Physical Review Letters.

    • Iulia Georgescu
    Research Highlight
  • Extremely stable laser sources are essential for high-precision experiments, such as interferometric gravitational wave detectors. Marina Trad Nery explains how to use radiation pressure to measure and stabilize power fluctuations in a laser beam.

    • Marina Trad Nery
    Tools of the Trade
  • Since the launch of arXiv 30 years ago, modes of information spread in society have changed dramatically — and not always for the better. Paul Ginsparg, who founded arXiv, discusses how academic experience with online preprints can still inform information sharing more generally.

    • Paul Ginsparg
    Comment
  • As new events such as surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate are added to the programme of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, we ponder how physics can help enhance athletic performance in elite sport.

    Editorial
  • A paper in Nature Machine Intelligence reports a deep-learning-based approach for measuring fluid flows using particle image velocimetry.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight
  • Thomas Chalopin explains how optical superlattices enhance quantum gas microscopy by enabling the preparation of low-temperature samples and the simulation of exotic models with single-site resolution.

    • Thomas Chalopin
    Tools of the Trade
  • Many scientists consider peer review a crucial part of science, but are frustrated by its perceived failures. Historian of science Melinda Baldwin suggests we consider peer review’s historical development to better understand its present-day form.

    • Melinda Baldwin
    World View
  • The mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity has been an arena of fierce debate in the condensed matter community for 35 years. As the discussion mellows, the time is ripe for new ideas.

    Editorial
  • Launched 2 years ago, the Deep-Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) mission has exceeded expectations for the first mercury ion clock in space, demonstrating a long-term stability beyond the current performance of other space clocks.

    • Iulia Georgescu
    Research Highlight
  • Sergey Borisenko reflects on 99 years of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), a technique widely used today to understand the electronic structure of materials.

    • Sergey Borisenko
    Research Highlight
  • A table-top experiment, reported in Physical Review Letters, simulates a shockwave propagating through a solid and provides evidence that continuum models do not capture all the relevant physics.

    • Zoe Budrikis
    Research Highlight
  • Anecdotal but elusive reports suggest that hot water quenched in a cold container can sometimes begin to freeze sooner than warm water under similar initial conditions. John Bechhoefer and colleagues discuss recent experiments that show how this ‘Mpemba effect’ can be reliably reproduced and quantitatively understood.

    • John Bechhoefer
    • Avinash Kumar
    • Raphaël Chétrite
    Comment
  • The number of physics articles making use of AI technologies keeps growing rapidly. There are some exciting directions worth keeping an eye on.

    Editorial
  • Tom Vincent explains how scanning near-field infrared microscopy can be combined with other techniques to probe nanomaterials.

    • Tom Vincent
    Tools of the Trade