Physics

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Physics is the search for and application of rules that can help us understand and predict the world around us. Central to physics are ideas such as energy, mass, particles and waves. Physics attempts to both answer philosophical questions about the nature of the universe and provide solutions to technological problems.

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    Assembly of the microtubule nucleus is energetically unfavourable and, in vivo, microtubule nucleation requires support, such as a stable template, to stabilize the initial weak interactions between tubulin dimers. Microtubules can also be nucleated in the absence of a template by certain microtubule-associated proteins, which stabilize the nascent nucleation intermediates.

    • Johanna Roostalu
    •  & Thomas Surrey
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    The discovery of new thermoelectric materials is challenging owing to the diversity of the chemical space and to the serial nature of experimental work. This Review highlights the recent progress in computationally guided discovery of thermoelectric materials and identifies the key outstanding challenges.

    • Prashun Gorai
    • , Vladan Stevanović
    •  & Eric S. Toberer
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    Cold atom quantum simulation has had challenges in realising the tailored, dynamic types of disorder relevant to real materials. Here, the authors use synthetic momentum-space lattices to engineer spatially and dynamically controlled disorder to observe ballistic, diffusive, and arrested atomic transport.

    • Fangzhao Alex An
    • , Eric J. Meier
    •  & Bryce Gadway
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    The statistical concepts for false discovery rate control long applied in the field of data-dependent acquisition (DDA) mass spectrometry-based proteomics can be adapted for the emerging technique of data-independent acquisition (DIA) mass spectrometry.

    • George Rosenberger
    • , Isabell Bludau
    • , Uwe Schmitt
    • , Moritz Heusel
    • , Christie L Hunter
    • , Yansheng Liu
    • , Michael J MacCoss
    • , Brendan X MacLean
    • , Alexey I Nesvizhskii
    • , Patrick G A Pedrioli
    • , Lukas Reiter
    • , Hannes L Röst
    • , Stephen Tate
    • , Ying S Ting
    • , Ben C Collins
    •  & Ruedi Aebersold
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    A bed of deformable hairs is shown to exhibit a nonlinear response to fluid flows. The biomimetic system suggests that hair-covered surfaces in living systems may function to reduce fluid drag as a means of minimizing excessive stresses.

    • José Alvarado
    • , Jean Comtet
    • , Emmanuel de Langre
    •  & A. E. Hosoi

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