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May issue

This month we feature an Insight on cold and ultracold molecules, and examine burning plasmas and fuel gain exceeding unity in direct-drive inertial confinement fusion.

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    This Insight issue celebrates and reviews recent progress in the generation and study of cold and ultracold molecules and ions for applications in quantum simulation, metrology and chemistry.

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