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3-D simulation of a spiral wave

SAY YES TO THE MESS  A new type of spiral wave has a disordered center. For the first time, a spiral wave chimera (shown in 3-D in a computer simulation) has been created in a laboratory.

illustration of neutron star collision

CRASH AND WAVE   In a galaxy 130 million light-years away, two neutron stars collided. This year, in the first detection of its kind, observatories caught the resulting gravitational waves and light show (illustrated).

illustration of a superconductor

VORTEX FOUND  Newly observed swirls of electric current in a high-temperature superconductor (shown in an artist’s conception) may indicate that the unusual material fits within the standard theoretical picture.

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