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  1. illustration of quantum computer light channels
    Quantum Physics

    The new light-based quantum computer Jiuzhang has achieved quantum supremacy

    A second type of quantum computer has now performed a calculation impossible for a traditional computer.

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  2. copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia
    Physics

    Newton’s groundbreaking Principia may have been more popular than previously thought

    A search has uncovered over 300 copies of Isaac Newton’s famous 17th century book, the Principia, revealing a broader readership than assumed.

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  3. supercooled water molecules illustrated
    Physics

    Supercooled water has been caught morphing between two forms

    A new experiment used ultrafast techniques to reveal high-density water transforming into low-density water at subfreezing temperatures.

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  4. close up of lasers pointed at a target
    Physics

    Giant lasers help re-create supernovas’ explosive, mysterious physics

    For the first time, scientists have re-created a type of shock wave that occurs in supernovas.

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  5. STEVE sky glow
    Earth

    STEVE may be even less like typical auroras than scientists thought

    The purple-and-green, atmospheric light show nicknamed STEVE just got even stranger.

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  6. black hole merger illustrated
    Physics

    LIGO and Virgo’s gravitational wave tally more than quadrupled in six months

    Scientists report 39 sets of spacetime ripples from just half a year of data.

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  7. Atoms
    Quantum Physics

    Galileo’s famous gravity experiment holds up, even with individual atoms

    When dropped, two types of atoms accelerate at the same rate despite their differences, much like objects in Galileo’s leaning Tower of Pisa experiment.

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  8. hydrogen molecule
    Physics

    A photon’s journey through a hydrogen molecule is the shortest event ever timed

    The shortest duration ever measured is 247 zeptoseconds, or trillionths of a billionth of a second.

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  9. diabolical ironclad beetle
    Animals

    The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how

    The diabolical ironclad beetle is an incredibly tough little creature. A peek inside its exoskeleton reveals what makes it virtually uncrushable.

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