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From the Editor

Physics Today 71 (12), 8 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4079

Readers’ Forum

Physics Today 71 (12), 10–12 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4080
Physics Today 71 (12), 13 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4081
Physics Today 71 (12), 13 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4082
Physics Today 71 (12), 13 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4083
Physics Today 71 (12), 13 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4084

Search and Discovery

In Special Collection: The Nobel Prize
Physics Today 71 (12), 14–17 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4085

Optical tweezers have endured as an invaluable laboratory tool for manipulating molecules and other small particles.

In Special Collection: The Nobel Prize
Physics Today 71 (12), 18–21 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4086

The laureates circumvented an intrinsic limitation in laser technology to develop an amplification protocol now found in nearly every high-power, ultrafast system.

In Special Collection: The Nobel Prize
Physics Today 71 (12), 22–25 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4087

The combination of diversification and selection has proved a powerful recipe for creating enzymes and drugs.

Issues and Events

Physics Today 71 (12), 26–27 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4088

A glut of cheap natural gas, coupled with rapid increases in wind energy, is accelerating a decline in the US commercial nuclear industry when carbon-free energy has never been more important.

Physics Today 71 (12), 31 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4089

Safer nuclear reactors or misguided promises? A new facility will put to test the old idea of using external neutrons to power fission.

Articles

Physics Today 71 (12), 34–40 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4090

The gravitational waves accompanying the merger of two massive compact objects encode the distance to the merger without the usual appeal to a hierarchy of length scales.

Physics Today 71 (12), 42–48 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4091

Wales tends to fall by the wayside in narratives about the history of science, but its stories complicate and enrich our picture of science’s past and future.

Physics Today 71 (12), 50–52 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4092

A familiar climate anomaly turns out to have a recently recognized relative.

Books

Physics Today 71 (12), 53–54 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4093
Physics Today 71 (12), 54–55 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4094
Physics Today 71 (12), 56 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4095
Physics Today 71 (12), 57 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4096

New Products

Physics Today 71 (12), 58–59 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4097

Obituaries

In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 71 (12), 60 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4098
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 71 (12), 61 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4099

Quick Study

Physics Today 71 (12), 70–71 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4100

The surface of a pool of water hit by a falling drop acts like an acoustic speaker driven by a pulsating underwater bubble.

Back Scatter

Physics Today 71 (12), 72 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4101
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