Editorials

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    As the construction of the ITER tokamak enters its next phase — the machine assembly — now is a good time for a recap of the history and current status of nuclear fusion research.

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    The persistent under-representation of Black physicists is a systemic problem that requires will, money and long-term commitment to be solved.

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    This month, a Focus issue highlights recent developments in fundamental research on superconductivity.

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    The contribution of partners and families to scientists’ work is often overlooked. It should be acknowledged and supported more.

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    On the 60th anniversary of the first functioning laser, we imagine a research landscape without it.

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    The impending update to the European Strategy for Particle Physics is an apt moment to chart the future of the field — a future that should be supported and ensured.

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    The combination of microwave photons with superconducting quantum circuits offers promise for quantum technologies and the fundamental study of quantum light–matter interactions. This month, a Focus issue explores this field of research.

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    The pursuit of connections both within and between disparate disciplines is a powerful driver for new understanding.

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    The need to control and manipulate the properties of quantum materials has led to a burst of interest in their properties out of equilibrium. Understanding this regime represents an opportunity for theorists and experimentalists alike.

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    The demonstration of a quantum computational advantage is a milestone worth celebrating.

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    Half of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half is shared by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star”.

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    The selection of speakers at a conference should reflect the full diversity of experience within the relevant community. Including more early-career researchers may help achieve this goal.

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    Journals are evolving into information platforms. This development provides a key to understanding recent trends in science publishing, and raises important questions about its future.

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    As a result of feedback from the research community, we are strengthening our encouragement for authors to share a certain amount of data with their papers.

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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.