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Physics Today 74 (3), 8 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4688

Readers’ Forum

Physics Today 74 (3), 10 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4689
Physics Today 74 (3), 10 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4690
Physics Today 74 (3), 10 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4691
Physics Today 74 (3), 10 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4692

Search and Discovery

Physics Today 74 (3), 12–13 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4693

Over millions of years a protein that now folds into two stable structures likely favored first one configuration, then the other, before settling on both.

Physics Today 74 (3), 14–16 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4694

A new strategy for molecular design takes self-assembled materials where they’ve never gone before.

Physics Today 74 (3), 16–18 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4695

An exotic phenomenon in condensed-matter systems illuminates the behavior of a one-dimensional model akin to the game rock-paper-scissors.

Issues and Events

Physics Today 74 (3), 20–24 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4696

Many physicists find that establishing work–life balance is crucial to battling the COVID-related stresses of isolation, low productivity, and despondency.

Physics Today 74 (3), 24–27 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4697

The past four years saw interference in the scientific process, inaction on climate change, and a weakened federal science workforce. Artificial intelligence and quantum information science benefited.

Articles

Physics Today 74 (3), 28–34 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4698

Integrated quantum-control protocols could bridge the gap between abstract algorithms and the physical manipulation of imperfect hardware.

Physics Today 74 (3), 36–41 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4699

One-photon and two-photon interferences have recently led researchers to develop new classes of quantum cryptographic protocols.

Physics Today 74 (3), 42–48 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4700

Since 1951, the Prize of the Three Physicists has been awarded by the École Normale Supérieure in honor of Henri Abraham, Eugène Bloch, and Georges Bruhat—successive directors of the university’s physics laboratory. These are their stories.

Books

Physics Today 74 (3), 49–50 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4701
Physics Today 74 (3), 50–51 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4702
Physics Today 74 (3), 52 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4703

New Products

Physics Today 74 (3), 53–54 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4704

Obituaries

In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 74 (3), 55 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4705
In Special Collection: Print Obituaries
Physics Today 74 (3), 56 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4706

Quick Study

Physics Today 74 (3), 58–59 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4707

A programmable one-size-fits-all method builds lattices of nanoparticles, proteins, and enzymes.

Back Scatter

Physics Today 74 (3), 60 (2021); https://doi.org/10.1063/PT.3.4708
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