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Physicists Close In on ‘Perfect’ Optical Lens
Researchers are making progress toward a “perfect lens” that will be able to resolve an organelle assembling a protein or a virus attacking a cell.
In Pursuit of Quantum Biology
An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.
In Hunt for Dark Matter, Promises to Keep?
Whispers of the elusive particles are becoming stronger with a series of signals that appear to be zeroing in on a leading contender.
A Strange Side to Nature
New findings suggest that beneath the surface of quantum theory lies a vibrant string theory world where some matter corresponds to black holes in higher dimensions.
Lopsided Map Offers Clues to Big Bang
Theoretical cosmologists are piecing together a cosmic origin story from a surprising anomaly in the recently released Planck satellite image.
Is Nature Unnatural?
Decades of confounding experiments have physicists considering a startling possibility: The universe might not make sense.
Waiting for the Revolution
An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.
Perpetual Motion Test Could Amend Theory of Time
A radical theory predicting the existence of “time crystals” — perpetual motion objects that break the symmetry of time — is being put to the test.
Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter
Glass and other strange materials have long confounded textbook definitions of what it means to be solid. Now, two groups of physicists propose a new solution to the riddle.