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A fractal pattern in the energy landscape of glass molecules may influence the way the molecules arrange themselves and could help to explain how other materials behave.

ENTANGLED  Tiny electrical circuits have given physicists unprecedented control over the quantum states of units of information called qubits. The qubits appear as five crosses (center).

SUPER SHEET  Simple blender blades can slough off graphene, single-atom-thick layers of carbon, from  graphite. Graphene’s carbon atoms, depicted as bright blobs in this scanning transmission electron microscope image, form a chicken wire pattern.

  • Physics

    
    Science Ticker

    Meet Big Bird, highest-energy neutrino ever detected

    Big Bird, the neutrino, struck the Antarctic ice with a record 2 million billion electron volts of energy.

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  • Chemistry

    
    Gory Details

    How urine will get us to Mars

    A new recycling system turns pee into drinking water and energy, a small step toward really long-term space travel.

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    Gory Details

    This is what happens when you pee in the pool

    Swimming pools are basically chemical toilets, but here’s why I’ll keep swimming.

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  • Materials

    
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    How fractals jam glassy materials

    Understanding the intricate energy landscape of glasses could help to explain what happens when glassy materials are deformed or when coffee beans in a container jam.

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  • Quantum Physics

    
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    Shor’s code-breaking algorithm inspired reflections on quantum information

    Twenty years ago, physicists met in Santa Fe to explore the ramifications of quantum information.

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  • Condensed Matter

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