Microbes in the gut can dramatically boost the effectiveness of a common anticancer drug, at least in mice. That’s the finding of Laurence Zitvogel of Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus in Vellejuif, France, and colleagues, who […]

• Electron Lenses for Super-Colliders • Nanoscale Silicon Devices • Who Cares About Particle Physics? Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN • Books received

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• David Jackson 1925–2016 • Edward J Lofgren 1914–2016 • Peter Weilhammer 1938–2016 • Wolfhart Zimmermann 1928–2016

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The latest cosmic-ray data from AMS have implications for
particle-physics models of dark matter and other novel phenomena.

Synthetic bone printed on a 3D printer stimulates bone regeneration when implanted into animals, according to a new study. Ramille Shah of Northwestern University and colleagues printed “hyperelastic bone” out of hydroxyapatite (a mineral similar […]

Gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) can obscure some signals, converting E-mode into B-mode polarisation and acting as a source of noise in the search for inflationary gravitational-wave signatures. Patricia Larsen of the […]

The oldest well-documented human lived to the age of 122, but is there an upper limit to the human lifespan? Or could medical advances extend it indefinitely? By studying demographic literature in detail, Xiao Dong […]

Ultrasonic push Researchers have reported a novel technique for making holograms using sound waves instead of light. Previously, manipulating the 3D structure of acoustic waves was only possible with a conventional array of acoustic transducers. Kai Melde […]

Bumblebees get happy Charles Darwin believed that insects experience emotion. A new study strongly suggests he was correct, at least in the case of bees. Clint Perry of Queen Mary University in London and colleagues found dopamine-dependent positive […]

First beam On 14 October, the KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino (KATRIN) experiment, which is presently being assembled at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe on the KIT Campus North site, Germany, celebrated “first light”. For the first time, electrons were guided […]

The LHC is preparing for a major high-luminosity upgrade (HL-LHC) with the objective to increase the instantaneous luminosity to around 2 × 1035 cm–2 s–1 for proton–proton (pp) collisions and 6 × 1027 cm–2 s–1 for lead–lead (Pb–Pb) collisions. To fully exploit this […]

CP violation, which relates to an asymmetry between matter and antimatter, is a well-established feature of the weak interaction that mediates decays of strange, charm and beauty particles. It arises in the Standard Model from […]

During the early years of quantum electrodynamics (QED), Heisenberg and his student Euler realised that photons may scatter off of each other through a quantum-loop process involving virtual electron and positron pairs. This phenomenon of […]