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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. two diamonds squeezing superconductor material
    Physics

    The first room-temperature superconductor has finally been found

    A compound of carbon, hydrogen and sulfur conducts electricity without resistance up to 15° C, but there’s a catch: It works only under high pressure.

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  8. sound wave
    Physics

    Fundamental constants place a new speed limit on sound

    Physicists propose a new maximum rate that sound waves can travel under conditions normally found on Earth — 36 kilometers per second.

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  9. black hole (illustrated)
    Physics

    Black hole revelations win the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics

    The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to a trio of scientists for their work on the most mysterious objects in the universe: black holes.

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