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  • 11 February marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We ask what it takes to be considered one.

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  • As 2023 begins, we look forward to some of the new things the journal will do this year and introduce the team of editors who will do them.

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  • This month, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the iconic experiment by Otto Stern and Walther Gerlach — a milestone in the development of quantum mechanics.

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  • The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science”, a long-anticipated topic for the prize.

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  • Physics societies have a long and illustrious history. Now, a world-wide union of societies celebrates its 100th birthday with a centennial conference.

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

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  • It is easy to dismiss research into the foundations of quantum mechanics as irrelevant to physicists in other areas. Adopting this attitude misses opportunities to appreciate the richness of quantum mechanics.

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  • This month, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Philip Anderson’s landmark essay ‘More is Different’.

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  • We celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson — a whopping 48 years after its prediction.

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  • Glass, now celebrated with a dedicated International Year, continues to fascinate.

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  • As conventions in scholarly publishing evolve, it is appropriate to reassess the options that we provide to our authors. In this spirit, Nature Physics will soon stop accepting submissions in our Letter format.

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  • Progress in research would be impossible without state-of-the art instruments, but their contributions are often underappreciated.

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  • Although science affects humankind’s knowledge, its practice has largely been restricted to a small group of people. The advance of citizen science challenges this idea.

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  • The merits of conventional particle accelerators range from fundamental science to applications like radiotherapy. Plasma-based accelerators are getting up to speed and may overtake conventional ones in the near future.

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  • The analysis of the KATRIN Collaboration’s latest measurement campaign constrains the mass of the elusive neutrino with unprecedented sensitivity.

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  • As in-person conferences begin to make a return, we look forward to the opportunity to reconnect.

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  • The Guided Open Access pilot we are trialling with five other journals in the Nature Portfolio will continue into 2022. We highlight some of the main lessons we’ve learned so far.

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  • Explaining research to scientists beyond our immediate community is a useful skill, but it requires a few adjustments to the way we communicate.

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