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In the June issue

This month we discuss new results on CP violation, nuclear fusion and the social responsibility of scientists. Read the News & Views, Feature and Editorial.

Latest Reviews

  • Technical Review |

    This Review describes how acoustic cavitation can be used to improve the delivery of drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer and stroke. Methods for seeding cavitation, treatment monitoring, and current and future clinical applications are described.

    • Eleanor Stride
    •  & Constantin Coussios
  • Roadmap |

    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), an upcoming astronomical survey, will deeply observe the entire southern sky in a broad range of colours. We present the LSST science opportunities and technical challenges in the field of galaxy formation and evolution.

    • Brant E. Robertson
    • , Manda Banerji
    • , Sarah Brough
    • , Roger L. Davies
    • , Henry C. Ferguson
    • , Ryan Hausen
    • , Sugata Kaviraj
    • , Jeffrey A. Newman
    • , Samuel J. Schmidt
    • , J. Anthony Tyson
    •  & Risa H. Wechsler
  • Perspective |

    Although the differential equations that describe the physical climate system are deterministic, there are reasons, both theoretical and practical, why computational representations of these equations should be stochastic. This Perspective surveys the benefits of stochastic modelling of weather and climate.

    • T. N. Palmer
  • Review Article |

    Buckling is the familiar response of thin objects to compression. Less familiar is that small-scale buckles can act as a buffer, enabling objects to access new modes of deformation. This Review illustrates examples of this phenomenon and discusses the physical conditions that make it possible.

    • Dominic Vella
  • Technical Review |

    Quantum aspects of transport through single molecules are observable at room temperature. In this Technical Review, we discuss the different processes and energy scales involved in charge transport through single-molecule junctions, the resulting electronic functionalities and the new possibilities for controlling these functionalities for the realization of nanoscale devices.

    • Pascal Gehring
    • , Jos M. Thijssen
    •  & Herre S. J. van der Zant
  • Review Article |

    Using quantum states of light for imaging both reveals quantum phenomena and enables new protocols that result in images that surpass classical limitations. Such systems require both quantum light sources and often the ingenious use of detector technologies.

    • Paul-Antoine Moreau
    • , Ermes Toninelli
    • , Thomas Gregory
    •  & Miles J. Padgett

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    We recall Andrei Sakharov’s contributions to physics and his social and political activism and find that his ideas remain as relevant and inspiring today as 50 years ago.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • Comment |

    Despite much effort, the question of whether the Navier–Stokes equations allow solutions that develop singularities in finite time remains unresolved. Terence Tao discusses the problem, and possible routes to a solution.

    • Terence Tao
  • Feature |

    The construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the world’s largest nuclear fusion experiment, is now 60% complete. The challenges ahead are huge and the way to go is still long, but an extensive research effort is supporting the technological developments needed to make ITER a reality.

    • Giulia Pacchioni
  • Research Highlight |

    Ultrafast electron diffraction and ultrafast scanning transmission electron microscopy with nanoscale spatial resolution were demonstrated using unique high-brightness high-repetition rate electron scattering source.

    • Anastasiia Novikova
  • Research Highlight |

    The Leidenfrost effect — in which droplets levitate above hot surfaces — is well-known, but the ultimate fate of the evaporating droplets is unexplored. New experiments show that droplets either fly away or explode, depending on their initial size and purity.

    • Zoe Budrikis