The performance of silicon solar cells can be boosted by cloaking their metal contacts such that they are invisible to incoming light, according to a demonstration by Martin Schumann of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and […]

The Meson hall Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has rapidly established itself among the finest research centres in high-energy physics. It is operating the world’s highest energy, highest intensity proton accelerator and, until it […]

• Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab • Supersymmetry, Supergravity, and Unification • Books received

• Vinod Chohan 1949–2017 • Satoshi Ozaki 1929–2017 • Yassen Stanislavov Stanev 1962–2017

• IOP awards for 2017 announced • Flerov prize for superheavy elements • DUNE breaks ground underground • Langevin-Joliot travels back in time • 10th anniversary of the ERC • Brookhaven marks seven rich decades • Venice EPS event showcases the best of HEP • A quarter century of DIS workshops • HEPTech helps transform ideas into innovations • Joint CAS and MAX IV lab course • Visits

Egg shapes Understanding why the shapes of avian eggs vary between species has long puzzled researchers, but a new study sheds light on the issue. Mary Caswell Stoddard of Princeton University and co-workers studied egg-shape diversity in […]

Arrow’s theorem, perhaps better known to political scientists than to physicists, proves that no electoral system in which voters simply rank candidates can rank them for the population as a whole while simultaneously satisfying three […]

A remarkable analogy with magnetism can explain how regional dialects develop, according to a new study. James Burridge of the University of Portsmouth in the UK has shown that a simple spatial model of language […]

Mass distribution Five years ago, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the LHC announced the discovery of a new particle with properties consistent with those of a Standard Model Higgs boson. Since then, based on proton–proton collision […]

Measured R values The KEDR collaboration has used the VEPP-4M electron–positron collider at the Budker Institute in Russia to make the most precise measurement of the quantity “R” in the low-energy range. R is defined as the ratio […]