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  • Construction of the European Spallation Source began 10 years ago. Upon completion, its advanced technology and sustainable design will herald a new era for neutron scattering experiments.

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  • Social activities are common in many research groups, often based around outdoor activities such as hiking. We argue that there are more inclusive ways to bring a team together.

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  • Eighty years on from the publication of Erwin Schrödinger’s interdisciplinary analysis on the origin of order in living organisms — What is Life? — we look at how physicists and biologists are approaching the topic today.

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  • Despite the essential support they provide to successful research projects, the contributions of laboratory technicians often remain undervalued. We take a moment to appreciate their efforts.

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  • Two-dimensional crystals have revolutionized fundamental research across a staggering range of disciplines. We take stock of the progress gained after twenty years of work.

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  • Many advances in biological physics result from multidisciplinary collaborations. We celebrate the physics of life with a collection of articles that offer insight into successful interactions between researchers from different fields.

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  • It has been around fifty years since Kenneth Wilson’s work on the renormalization group. Nature Physics celebrates this anniversary with a collection of Comments on its development and applications.

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  • The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier “for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter”.

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  • The Ig Nobel Prize celebrates research that makes us first laugh and then think. We look at some of this year’s not so ignoble highlights.

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  • Claims of a room-temperature, ambient-pressure superconductor recently kicked up a storm on social media. As the dust settles, we take stock of what this experience can teach us.

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  • The common practice of naming equations, effects, constants and units after individual scientists has its downsides, and it’s time to rethink it.

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  • 75 years ago, Claude E. Shannon’s ‘A mathematical theory of communication’ appeared in Bell Labs’s research journal, marking the birth of the discipline of information theory. This month, we celebrate the influence of Shannon’s work, as well as his eccentric attitude.

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  • Exacerbated by the impacts of climate change and the recent energy crisis, concentrated efforts towards more sustainable research have become matters of urgency, in particular for large-scale accelerator complexes and light sources.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Driven by curiosity and creativity, materials that are diverted from their intended use may lead to surprising insights. We take a moment to celebrate the playful side of physics.

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