Editorials

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    Although often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, Israel is host to a strong economy. The fundamental drivers of this economic success include a top-tier research system, which is worth examining more closely.

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    Three years have passed since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, yet the country struggles to agree on a way forward. The uncertainty this creates is being felt across its research community.

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    General relativity was first experimentally verified in 1919. On the centennial of this occasion, we celebrate the scientific progress fuelled by subsequent efforts at verifying its predictions, from time dilation to the observation of the shadow of a black hole.

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    Nature Physics is one of 23 Springer Nature journals involved in a pilot scheme to make published papers readily available via ResearchGate.

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    The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative coin in honour of Stephen Hawking.

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    In praise of the March meeting of the American Physical Society.

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    Each year, hundreds of scientists dedicate their time and expertise to help us assess the manuscripts that we send out for review. For those papers that make it through to publication, we will now be thanking them publicly.

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    After much debate about what should be done about sharing of scientific data and source code, practical solutions are still hard to come by. How should the physics community move forward?

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    This month marks the launch of Nature Reviews Physics, the newest addition to the Nature Reviews stables.

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    A careful analysis of data obtained from the IceCube telescope in Antarctica shows that atmospheric neutrinos can be used as a tomographic probe of the Earth.

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    The growing influence in many disciplines of concepts rooted in the physics of complex systems is an achievement that warrants celebration.

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    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for advances in laser physics that have conferred a formidable benefit to humankind — on both fundamental and applied fronts.

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    Ideas from theorists in fields as disparate as quantum gravity, quantum information and many-body localization are finding common ground, as we explore in this month’s Focus issue on quantum thermalization.

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    Topology is everywhere. Recent predictions for and realizations of higher-order topological insulators are a case in point.

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    In praise of the Fields Medal.

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    As we reassess the contributions of the ‘great people’ of science, we should also celebrate the impact of mentors.

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    The strengths and limitations of peer review have long been documented. The concept of ergodicity from statistical physics may shine a new light on them.

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    US nuclear diplomacy appears to be entering a turbulent phase. Although their voice is currently sidelined by geopolitical events, physicists have a duty to speak up.

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    Against a backdrop of political upheaval and polarization, European science continues to be a bright spot, at least for now.

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    Commercial quantum devices are in their infancy, but the growing industry targeting quantum technologies is already having a tangible effect on the job market.

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    The fledgling field of antiferromagnetic spintronics looks set to bring exotic forms of magnetism into the realm of practical applications.

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    Scientific flaws in a film can distract the most avid filmgoer and lend fodder to countless blog posts. But how do filmmakers actually check their facts — and how much should we really care?

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    The 2017 Nobel prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

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    The Nobel Prize, for all its shortcomings and imperfections, remains unmatched when it comes to the kind of emotions it generates.

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    The International Conference of Physics Students continues its remarkable tradition.

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    The sky map presented by the Dark Energy Survey showcases the power of images to reach scientists and the wider public alike.

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    The rise of big data represents an opportunity for physicists. To take full advantage, however, they need a subtle but important shift in mindset.

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    The role of physicists in finance is changing, as quantitative trading opens an exciting alternative to traditional financial modelling, and data science lures would-be 'quants' away. But the void is being steadily filled by a new type of analyst.

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    Some Springer Nature journals, including Nature Physics, are mandating Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs) for the corresponding authors of accepted papers. We provide some context to this initiative.

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    Like all journals based on Nature's editorial philosophy, Nature Physics relies on a dedicated team of full-time editors. We briefly describe who they are and what they do.

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    The centennial celebrations for morphology masterwork On Growth and Form are just kicking off. We look at why physicists should get involved.

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    The 50th anniversary of the Institut Laue–Langevin marks a time for celebration, and for reflection on the future of Europe's neutron-scattering landscape.

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    History and cultural depth are assets that benefit Indian science. But do they also hinder it?

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    This month we officially welcome our new sister journal, Nature Astronomy.

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    China is investing in big astronomy and astrophysics projects, but is still debating the way forward in experimental particle physics.

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    Elementary particles are the building blocks of matter, but there is also a zoo of quasiparticles that are crucial for understanding how this matter behaves.

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    The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”.

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    Nature Physics now requires its published papers to include information on whether and how their underlying data are accessible to others.

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    A flurry of 'null results' have hit the physics headlines recently. They are only 'null' if you place no value in the information they provide.

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    During its 25 years of existence, arXiv has exceeded every expectation in terms of growth and its impact on how science is disseminated.

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    Topology has journeyed from the purely mathematical arena to feature throughout physics.

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    There is no upside for UK science in the event of a vote to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum.

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    Although driven by the promise of almost limitless energy, fusion research touches on plenty of gripping, fundamental physics — and the wider scientific community has every reason to be supportive.

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    The history of physics publishing in the past century shows how the changing needs of the research community shaped the dissemination of knowledge through scientific journals.

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    An excursion into ecology and two sets of experiments lay the foundation for our Focus on Turbulence.

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    Physicists have finally detected gravitational waves, in a triumph of ingenuity and perseverance. And now we need to explain them to the general public.