Physical sciences

Physical sciences are those academic disciplines that aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature - often written in the language of mathematics. It is a collective term for areas of study including astronomy, chemistry, materials science and physics.


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  • Editorial |

    While global efforts to tackle hunger and other food-related crises are stepping up, Nature Sustainability and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability convene a new Expert Panel focusing on system changes and human agency.

  • Research Highlights |

    A Nature Physics paper reports a hardware-independent variational quantum algorithm that can be used to verify sampling and characterize unknown physical processes.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • News and Views |

    Tree-based models are among the most popular and successful machine learning algorithms in practice. New tools allow us to explain the predictions and gain insight into the global behaviour of these models.

    • Wojciech Samek
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Many high-level ethics guidelines for AI have been produced in the past few years. It is time to work towards concrete policies within the context of existing moral, legal and cultural values, say Andreas Theodorou and Virginia Dignum.

    • Andreas Theodorou
    •  & Virginia Dignum
  • News and Views |

    Recent findings unveil a viral-like mechanism for the transmission of synaptic plasticity signals involving the activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc). Arc forms capsid-like particles that package RNA and are transported across synapses. Here Erlendsson et al. present a high-resolution structural representation of Arc capsids, enabling deeper analysis of their function.

    • Vivian Budnik
    •  & Travis Thomson