Light potential Researchers in the US have unveiled a non-invasive, drug- free approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease, based on flickering LEDs. Hannah Iaccarino of MIT and colleagues showed that levels of beta-amyloid plaque of the type associated […]

All the world’s a hadron Detection system Following the coming into operation of the 6 GeV Bevatron at Berkeley in February 1954, the particle population explosion defied understanding. Then came a beautiful application of unitary symmetry theory, which […]

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Flaming Star Nebula This beautiful image displays IC 405, known as the Flaming Star Nebula, in the constellation of Auriga some 1500 light-years away. Many hundreds of stars are visible in the extremely sharp view, which was taken […]

Joseph Bass of Northwestern University in Chicago and colleagues have made the surprising finding that flying can sometimes reduce jet lag. After observing daily cycles in blood and tissue oxygen levels in mice kept on […]

For the first time, an antidote has been found to carbon-monoxide poisoning. Ling Wang and Qinzi Xu of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania and collaborators gave mice air containing 3% carbon monoxide for 4.5 minutes, […]

Ramon Guevara Erra of the Université Paris Descartes and colleagues have reported a new insight into the nature of consciousness. The researchers recorded the brain activity of people while they were sleeping, awake, and having […]

Researchers at the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina have measured the longitudinal and lateral distributions of ultra-high-energy cosmic-ray air showers with primary energies of 6–16 EeV (corresponding to centre-of-mass energies of 110–170 TeV). The average shower is […]

Cold-nuclear-matter effects Measuring the production cross-section of charm hadrons in proton–proton collisions provides an important test of perturbative quantum chromodynamics (QCD). In proton–nucleus collisions, “cold-matter” effects related to the presence of nuclei in the colliding system are […]

Vorticity distributions Powerful supercomputer simulations of colliding atomic nuclei have provided new insights about quark–gluon plasma (QGP), a superhot fluid of de-confined partons produced in heavy-ion collisions at the LHC and at RHIC, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Shown […]

Proton-bunch comparison In early December, the AWAKE collaboration made an important step towards a pioneering accelerator technology that would reduce the size and cost of particle accelerators. Having commissioned the facility with first beam in November, the […]