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  1. bluish-green beam forming a spiral
    Physics

    New ‘vortex beams’ of atoms and molecules are the first of their kind

    Twisted beams of atoms and molecules join other types of corkscrew beams made of light or electrons.

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  2. illustration of Earth and the sun, with Earth's magnetic field shown in blue, the solar wind shown in orange lines, and a bow shock as a red line where the two meet
    Physics

    Physicists caught protons ‘surfing’ on shock waves

    A laser experiment could help scientists understand how protons reach high energies traveling through the cosmos.

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  3. cosmic microwave background
    Cosmology

    ‘Flashes of Creation’ recounts the Big Bang theory’s origin story

    In ‘Flashes of Creation,’ author Paul Halpern tells the story of George Gamow , Fred Hoyle and their decades-long sparring match about the Big Bang.

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  4. an computer illustration of streaks of yellow bouncing around in loops - showing how the debris from a proton-antiproton collision moved. the straighter path of a high-energy electron is also shown
    Physics

    50 years ago, physicists thought they found the W boson. They hadn’t

    Fifty years after a false-alarm discovery, physicists have caught the W boson and are using it to unravel mysteries of particle physics.

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  5. laser blast in a nuclear fusion experiment
    Physics

    With a powerful laser blast, scientists near a nuclear fusion milestone

    A National Ignition Facility experiment spawned nuclear fusion reactions that released nearly as much energy as was used to ignite them.

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  6. a row of windmills in Taiwan
    Physics

    Windbreaks, surprisingly, could help wind farms boost power output

    Wind farm performance could be improved by 10 percent by using low barriers to increase the wind speed directed at the turbines, simulations suggest.

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  7. STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laborator
    Physics

    Colliding photons were spotted making matter. But are the photons ‘real’?

    Smashups of particles of light creating electrons and positrons could demonstrate the physics of Einstein’s equation E=mc2.

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  8. black and white image of swirls that represent subatomic particles
    Particle Physics

    How particle detectors capture matter’s hidden, beautiful reality

    Old and new detectors trace the whirling paths of subatomic particles.

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  9. illustration of gravitational waves forming around two black holes spiraling around one another
    Physics

    A bounty of potential gravitational wave events hints at exciting possibilities

    Of about 1,200 possible events, most are probably false alarms, but some could be ripples in spacetime that are especially hard to spot.

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