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illustration of a superconductor

VORTEX FOUND  Newly observed swirls of electric current in a high-temperature superconductor (shown in an artist’s conception) may indicate that the unusual material fits within the standard theoretical picture.

exploded egg

EGGSPLOSION  Microwaving a hard-boiled egg can make it burst when pierced, but it’s unlikely to damage your hearing.

soap bubble

THIN ICE  A patchwork of ice crystals swirls across the surface of a soap bubble as it freezes. The glittery display is caused by a mismatch in surface tension in different regions of the soapy film.

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