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  • US nuclear diplomacy appears to be entering a turbulent phase. Although their voice is currently sidelined by geopolitical events, physicists have a duty to speak up.

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  • Against a backdrop of political upheaval and polarization, European science continues to be a bright spot, at least for now.

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  • Commercial quantum devices are in their infancy, but the growing industry targeting quantum technologies is already having a tangible effect on the job market.

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  • The fledgling field of antiferromagnetic spintronics looks set to bring exotic forms of magnetism into the realm of practical applications.

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  • Scientific flaws in a film can distract the most avid filmgoer and lend fodder to countless blog posts. But how do filmmakers actually check their facts — and how much should we really care?

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  • The 2017 Nobel prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

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  • The Nobel Prize, for all its shortcomings and imperfections, remains unmatched when it comes to the kind of emotions it generates.

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  • The International Conference of Physics Students continues its remarkable tradition.

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  • The sky map presented by the Dark Energy Survey showcases the power of images to reach scientists and the wider public alike.

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  • The rise of big data represents an opportunity for physicists. To take full advantage, however, they need a subtle but important shift in mindset.

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  • The role of physicists in finance is changing, as quantitative trading opens an exciting alternative to traditional financial modelling, and data science lures would-be 'quants' away. But the void is being steadily filled by a new type of analyst.

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  • Some Springer Nature journals, including Nature Physics, are mandating Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs) for the corresponding authors of accepted papers. We provide some context to this initiative.

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  • Like all journals based on Nature's editorial philosophy, Nature Physics relies on a dedicated team of full-time editors. We briefly describe who they are and what they do.

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  • The centennial celebrations for morphology masterwork On Growth and Form are just kicking off. We look at why physicists should get involved.

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  • The 50th anniversary of the Institut Laue–Langevin marks a time for celebration, and for reflection on the future of Europe's neutron-scattering landscape.

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  • History and cultural depth are assets that benefit Indian science. But do they also hinder it?

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  • This month we officially welcome our new sister journal, Nature Astronomy.

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  • China is investing in big astronomy and astrophysics projects, but is still debating the way forward in experimental particle physics.

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