Physics

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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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    Direct observation of incommensurate spin correlations in doped and spin-imbalanced Hubbard chains confirms two fundamental predictions for Luttinger liquids and shows that such correlations are suppressed by interchain coupling.

    • Guillaume Salomon
    • , Joannis Koepsell
    • , Jayadev Vijayan
    • , Timon A. Hilker
    • , Jacopo Nespolo
    • , Lode Pollet
    • , Immanuel Bloch
    •  & Christian Gross
    Nature, 1–5
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    Cryo-electron microscopy structures of connexin channels composed of connexin 46 and connexin 50 in an open-state reveal features that govern permselectivity and the location of mutated residues linked to herediatry cataracts.

    • Janette B. Myers
    • , Bassam G. Haddad
    • , Susan E. O’Neill
    • , Dror S. Chorev
    • , Craig C. Yoshioka
    • , Carol V. Robinson
    • , Daniel M. Zuckerman
    •  & Steve L. Reichow
    Nature, 1–6
  • Research |

    The cryo-electron microscopy structure of the gp120 component of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein, in complex with the primary receptor CD4 and coreceptor CCR5, provides insight into the cell-entry mechanism of HIV-1.

    • Md Munan Shaik
    • , Hanqin Peng
    • , Jianming Lu
    • , Sophia Rits-Volloch
    • , Chen Xu
    • , Maofu Liao
    •  & Bing Chen
    Nature, 1–6
  • Reviews |

    Electrolyte gating of complex oxides enables substantial control of electronic phase transitions, allowing electrical control of complex phenomena. Here, the role of both electrostatic and electrochemical mechanisms in this process is elucidated.

    • Chris Leighton
    Nature Materials 18, 13–18

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