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Let there be light, sound, fluids and quantum weirdness

We love physics in all its forms, from new research on mind-bending concepts like quantum weirdness and spooky action at a distance to the science of sounds and fluids to all the forces that push, pull, stick and slip. Here we tackle the macroscopic, the subatomic, the strange, the cool, the groundbreaking and the obscure.

The revolutionary discovery allowed engineers to build cheaper hard drives with higher storage capacity.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research finds the optical effect previously produced using strictly quantum techniques may have broader applications.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Scientists use something that comes from space to peer into large objects like pyramids

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research suggests they create a newfound type of air vortex to slow their descent.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

The operating principles of ordinary magnetic stirrers may help create better microfluidic pumps for applications ranging from inkjet printing to drug delivery.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

New research reveals how wet porous materials collapse under pressure.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Innovations in laser methods and technology won Nobel Prizes in 2017 and 2018, but not all lasers are the same.

Claire Cleveland, Contributor

Optical tweezers developed by a new Nobel laureate could potentially be used on slightly larger objects, but not spacecraft.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Optical innovations made by the three new laureates help scientists control tiny organisms and make incredibly short and powerful laser pulses.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

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