Physics

Physics is the search for and application of rules that can help us understand and predict the world around us. Central to physics are ideas such as energy, mass, particles and waves. Physics attempts to both answer philosophical questions about the nature of the universe and provide solutions to technological problems.

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  • News & Views |

    Predicting collapses of a complex system is notoriously hard. Finding ways to pull a collapsed system back to normal is even harder. A theoretical study now shows how reviving a single unit of a failed network might restore its whole functionality.

    • Patrick Desrosiers
    •  & Xavier Roy-Pomerleau
  • News & Views |

    A silicon-based quantum-computing platform has met key standards for reducing error — setting the stage for quantum devices that could benefit from established semiconductor microchip technologies.

    • Ada Warren
    •  & Sophia E. Economou
    Nature 601, 320-322
  • News & Views |

    An adaptive and computationally efficient machine-learning-based biasing technique for rare-event sampling is introduced, allowing an effective generation of high-dimensional free energy surfaces associated with complex processes, such as protein folding.

    • Mark E. Tuckerman
  • Editorial |

    The Guided Open Access pilot we are trialling with five other journals in the Nature Portfolio will continue into 2022. We highlight some of the main lessons we’ve learned so far.