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  • Along with five other journals in the Nature Portfolio, Nature Physics will pilot a new Guided Open Access trial in 2021. We explain how it works.

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  • A scientist’s legacy is defined not only by their research but also by their teaching. Stronger efforts should be made to preserve and celebrate the exposition of physics at all levels.

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  • The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 has been awarded to Roger Penrose for his work on black hole formation, and to Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel for their observation of a supermassive compact object at the Galactic Centre.

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  • As Nature Physics turns fifteen, we celebrate some of our favourite papers.

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  • As the construction of the ITER tokamak enters its next phase — the machine assembly — now is a good time for a recap of the history and current status of nuclear fusion research.

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  • The persistent under-representation of Black physicists is a systemic problem that requires will, money and long-term commitment to be solved.

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  • This month, a Focus issue highlights recent developments in fundamental research on superconductivity.

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  • The contribution of partners and families to scientists’ work is often overlooked. It should be acknowledged and supported more.

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  • On the 60th anniversary of the first functioning laser, we imagine a research landscape without it.

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  • The impending update to the European Strategy for Particle Physics is an apt moment to chart the future of the field — a future that should be supported and ensured.

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  • The combination of microwave photons with superconducting quantum circuits offers promise for quantum technologies and the fundamental study of quantum light–matter interactions. This month, a Focus issue explores this field of research.

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  • The pursuit of connections both within and between disparate disciplines is a powerful driver for new understanding.

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  • The need to control and manipulate the properties of quantum materials has led to a burst of interest in their properties out of equilibrium. Understanding this regime represents an opportunity for theorists and experimentalists alike.

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  • The demonstration of a quantum computational advantage is a milestone worth celebrating.

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  • Half of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half is shared by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star”.

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  • The selection of speakers at a conference should reflect the full diversity of experience within the relevant community. Including more early-career researchers may help achieve this goal.

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  • Journals are evolving into information platforms. This development provides a key to understanding recent trends in science publishing, and raises important questions about its future.

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  • As a result of feedback from the research community, we are strengthening our encouragement for authors to share a certain amount of data with their papers.

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  • Although often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Israel is host to a strong economy. The fundamental drivers of this economic success include a top-tier research system, which is worth examining more closely.

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