The elemental allotropes white phosphorus and yellow arsenic would be potentially more useful reagents were it not for their extreme instability: the former bursts into flame in air, while the latter turns grey on exposure […]

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Brookhaven role to focus on technology transfer  • DUNE elects co-spokesperson • Carlin takes the helm at CMS experiment • Alfvén Prize for cosmic acceleration • Five young researchers win ATLAS thesis prize • Big science meets industry in Copenhagen  • Nanotechnology: from materials to science • Beauty workshop highlights CERN–China links • Training young researchers in South-East Europe  • Visits

Radical changes in computing and software are required to ensure the success of the LHC and other high-energy physics experiments into the 2020s, argues a new report.

Both objects in this image are blue but very different in nature. On the right is the famous Pleiades, a cluster of extremely bright blue stars 400 light years away that can be seen relatively […]

Alan Turing was the first person to demonstrate how stationary periodic patterns could form in biology, but his ideas have been fruitful in other fields. One is pattern formation in continuous-wave-laser-pumped Kerr-active microresonators, which Shu-Wei […]

Transforming wood Natural wood has been used for millennia as a structural material, but its mechanical performance is limited. Jianwei Song from the University of Maryland and colleagues have exhibited a simple way to turn natural wood […]

The auroras, whose striking images wind up on calendars and screensavers across the world, occur a few thousand kilometres above Earth. Pulsating auroras are another, less-well-known phenomenon. These blinking patches of light at altitudes of […]

Two-terminal memristors have been getting attention for some time now, both for computer memories and for neuromorphic computing. But their usefulness has been limited, largely owing to the small number of inputs they can take. […]

Selected events Measurements of top-quark production at high rapidity in LHC proton–proton collisions provide a unique probe of the Standard Model of particle physics (SM). In this kinematic region, top-pair production is characterised by sizeable rates of […]

Connection A project carried out at the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt in Germany, funded by the European Commission, aims to build a magnetic trap that allows antiprotons to be transported from one location to another. Launched […]

Figure The TOTEM collaboration at CERN has uncovered possible evidence for a subatomic three-gluon compound called an odderon, first predicted in 1973. The result derives from precise measurements of the probability of proton–proton collisions at high […]