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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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  • Three years have passed since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, yet the country struggles to agree on a way forward. The uncertainty this creates is being felt across its research community.

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  • General relativity was first experimentally verified in 1919. On the centennial of this occasion, we celebrate the scientific progress fuelled by subsequent efforts at verifying its predictions, from time dilation to the observation of the shadow of a black hole.

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  • Nature Physics is one of 23 Springer Nature journals involved in a pilot scheme to make published papers readily available via ResearchGate.

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  • The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative coin in honour of Stephen Hawking.

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  • In praise of the March meeting of the American Physical Society.

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  • Each year, hundreds of scientists dedicate their time and expertise to help us assess the manuscripts that we send out for review. For those papers that make it through to publication, we will now be thanking them publicly.

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  • After much debate about what should be done about sharing of scientific data and source code, practical solutions are still hard to come by. How should the physics community move forward?

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  • This month marks the launch of Nature Reviews Physics, the newest addition to the Nature Reviews stables.

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  • A careful analysis of data obtained from the IceCube telescope in Antarctica shows that atmospheric neutrinos can be used as a tomographic probe of the Earth.

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  • The growing influence in many disciplines of concepts rooted in the physics of complex systems is an achievement that warrants celebration.

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  • The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for advances in laser physics that have conferred a formidable benefit to humankind — on both fundamental and applied fronts.

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  • Ideas from theorists in fields as disparate as quantum gravity, quantum information and many-body localization are finding common ground, as we explore in this month’s Focus issue on quantum thermalization.

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  • Topology is everywhere. Recent predictions for and realizations of higher-order topological insulators are a case in point.

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  • In praise of the Fields Medal.

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  • As we reassess the contributions of the ‘great people’ of science, we should also celebrate the impact of mentors.

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  • The strengths and limitations of peer review have long been documented. The concept of ergodicity from statistical physics may shine a new light on them.

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