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October issue

This month we consider citation equity in the physics literature, probe the presence of an excitonic insulator in 2D materials, and put limits on theories of dark energy.

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  • Cavitation refers to the emergence of bubbles from liquids undergoing pressure reduction. A hitherto unknown cavitation scenario is now reported, with bubbles originating from the atomically smooth interface between two immiscible liquids.

    • Patricia Pfeiffer
    • Meysam Shahrooz
    • Claus-Dieter Ohl
    Letter
  • A quantum many-body system’s equilibrium behaviour is described by its partition function, which is hard to compute. Now it has been shown that the easier task of finding an approximation could define a distinct class of computational problems.

    • Sergey Bravyi
    • Anirban Chowdhury
    • Pawel Wocjan
    Article
  • Cervix and breast carcinomas are highly heterogeneous in their mechanical properties across scales. This heterogeneity provides the tumour with stability and room for cell motility.

    • Thomas Fuhs
    • Franziska Wetzel
    • Josef A. Käs
    Article
  • Physics societies have a long and illustrious history. Now, a world-wide union of societies celebrates its 100th birthday with a centennial conference.

    Editorial
  • A new study that reveals under-citation of women physicists invites individual and journal-level action to tackle discrimination.

    Editorial
  • The vast majority of devices for processing quantum information — from communication to computation and sensing — operate with quantum bits. Federico Levi tells us what makes a good qubit.

    • Federico Levi
    Measure for Measure
  • Fluid simulations today are remarkably realistic. In this Comment I discuss some of the most striking results from the past 20 years of computer graphics research that made this happen.

    • Károly Zsolnai-Fehér
    Comment
  • Declaring a cosmopolitan right to scientific progress risks perpetuating the inequities it aims to overcome. Instead, science ought to be reimagined in a way that directly addresses its links to nationalist projects and harmful capitalist practices.

    • Matthew Sample
    • Irina Cheema
    Comment
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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