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2-D material illustration

A HEATED RESPONSE  Probing 2-D materials with high-energy particle beams reveals how these superthin films perform when the heat is on.  

periodic table

NAME GAME  First created  in a lab in 2002, element 118 was officially dubbed oganesson in 2016. New studies predict some of the element’s odd properties.

ITER fusion reactor

PARTICLE POWER Fifty-year-old fusion predictions didn’t pan out, but scientists haven’t given up on harnessing the power of the stars. ITER, an international effort to build a fusion reactor in France (shown above), is well under way.  

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