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Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

In depth: June 2008


Shedding light on life

Why new fluorescence-microscopy techniques are proving a challenge for physicists and biologists alike

Scanning electron microscopy rises to the challenges of the 21st century

Long seen as a reliable workhorse, the scanning electron microscope also has a more exciting side. Debbie Stokes explains why a 'quiet revolution' is occurring in some SEM labs

Microscopical advances redefine science

The president of the Royal Microscopical Society, Mark Rainforth, tells Siân Harris how a renaissance in electron microscopy is driving materials research forward and leading to new nanotechnologies

Force-microscopy firm finds success in 3D

Asylum Research was built on its founder’s zeal for biophysics - but now its atomic force microscopes are pointing the way towards denser computer memories, and one even has appeared in one of the world’s most popular television shows

Collaborations drive innovation at JEOL UK

Mike Hepburn, managing director of JEOL UK, tells Hamish Johnston how the firm and its customers have flourished by working together

Microscience 2008 offers a hands-on approach to microscopy

Workshops and Learning Zones will give delegates the chance to try out the latest instruments


Hard up

The UK's science-funding crisis could not have come at a worse time for the physics community

A passion for boats

Robert P Crease discusses the enduring appeal of sailboats for retired mathematician Frank Sinden


Spot the physicist

Differentiating between expertise and knowledge can be tricky, as Richard Jones finds out

Blog life: Entropy Bound

Peter Steinberg offers a discerning take on nuclear physics