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The evolution of the amniotic egg — complete with membrane and shell — was key to vertebrates leaving the oceans and colonizing the land and air...


Particle interactions have a defining role in many properties of materials, but are often difficult to incorporate into a theoretical framework. Although theories that omit these interactions can describe...


In the quantum world our intuition for the motion of objects is strongly challenged and may sometimes even completely fail...


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Quantum computers are experimental devices that offer large speedups on some computational problems. One promising approach to building them involves...


Although high-temperature superconductivity seems like a complicated phenomenon, its basic features are captured by the very simple...


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This year's graduating seniors and PhDs are...


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The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity...


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Nabiha Saklayen, who is a 2017 graduating PhD in Physics, is a Program Director for the new campaign "I Am A Scientist." The campaign is a collaboration between artists, educators, and researchers in the Boston area...


Driving a quantum liquid - by subjecting it to some external force - can generate exotic phases of matter, but such phases are unstable. A suite of mathematical methods reveals the origins of these instabilities and identifies physical manifestations that can be observed in current experiments.


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Physicists considering a foray into the study of molecules are often warned that "a diatomic molecule is one atom too many!". Now John Doyle and colleagues at Harvard University have thrown this caution to the wind and tackled laser cooling of a triatomic molecule with success


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