Supercooled droplets freezing on superhydrophobic surfaces

May issue

This month we analyse ice repellancy mechanisms, learn that fish shoals resemble a stochastic excitable system, and consider startups in quantum technology.


  • Complex optics insight

    Disorder and mode interactions are often treated as sources of noise, but can shape the flow of light in interesting and useful ways. This Insight reviews the fundamental physics and broad applications of optics in disordered and multimodal media.

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    • The interplay of quantum measurements and local interactions in many-body systems can lead to new out-of-equilibrium phase transitions. An experiment has now shown that quantum simulators can meet the challenge of detecting them.

      • Alessandro Romito
      News & Views
    • Research in the past few decades has uncovered powerful generalities in the structure of many natural and built networks. Now, a study describes how certain structural properties of networks may cause them to endure or collapse over time.

      • Neo D. Martinez
      • Richard J. Williams
      News & Views
    • Generating and controlling noncollinear spin textures is a promising route towards developing next-generation logic architectures beyond CMOS. Now, these spin textures can be engineered in twisted magnetic two-dimensional materials.

      • Bevin Huang
      News & Views
    • Determining the melting temperature and electrical conductivity of ammonia under the internal conditions of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune is helping us to understand the structure and magnetic field formation of these planets.

      • Kenji Ohta
      News & Views
  • The eco-system of companies and start-ups developing quantum technologies is booming, but the disparity between private and public funding may become an issue in the absence of commercial uses.

  • Despite their differences, the six regional metrology organizations work together to provide and advance the global equivalence of national measurements standards, as Hyun Min Park explains.

    • Hyun Min Park
    Measure for Measure
  • As sharing of research data becomes more important, we are facilitating this by integrating the Figshare repository into our submission system.

Feynman diagrams that contribute to the production of the Higgs boson form the number ten.

The Higgs boson discovery turns ten

The discovery of the Higgs boson was announced ten years ago on the 4th of July 2012 — an event that substantially advanced our understanding of the origin of elementary particles’ masses.


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