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  1. illustration of a spacecraft carrying NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock orbiting above Earth
    Physics

    An atomic clock that could revolutionize space travel just passed its first test

    The most precise clock ever sent to space successfully operated in Earth’s orbit for over a year.

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  2. illustration of a newfound white dwarf star
    Astronomy

    This moon-sized white dwarf is the smallest ever found

    A newfound white dwarf is the smallest and perhaps the most massive known, and spins around once every seven minutes.

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  3. illustration of a black hole merging with a neutron star
    Physics

    Gravitational waves reveal the first known mergers of a black hole and neutron star

    For the first time, LIGO and Virgo have detected long-anticipated gravitational waves from a black hole merging with a neutron star.

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  4. European robin on a branch
    Animals

    A proposed ‘quantum compass’ for songbirds just got more plausible

    Quantum physics could be behind birds’ magnetic sense of direction, new measurements indicate.

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  5. illustration of the milky way galaxy
    Physics

    Dark matter may slow the rotation of the Milky Way’s central bar of stars

    A method akin to studying a tree’s rings revealed the history of a slowdown of the rotating bar of stars at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.

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  6. image of J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.
    Physics

    Mathematician J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. was a Manhattan Project standout despite racism

    Black scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. made nuclear physics calculations that helped build an atomic bomb.

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  7. scientists working on a LIGO mirror
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists used LIGO’s mirrors to approach a quantum limit

    Using LIGO’s laser beams to reduce jiggling rather than detect gravitational waves, scientists have gotten closer to the realm of quantum mechanics.

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  8. simulation of gravitational waves from two merging black holes
    Physics

    Gravitational waves confirm a black hole law predicted by Stephen Hawking

    The first black hole merger detected by LIGO affirms that the surface area of a black hole can increase over time, but not decrease.

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  9. Earth's moon
    Particle Physics

    Physicists dream big with an idea for a particle collider on the moon

    A lunar particle collider that dwarfs any such facility on Earth might not be impossible, according to new calculations.

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