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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: September 2008


Eyeballing the universe

Just over a year ago, the online project Galaxy Zoo was launched. Two of its founders, Chris Lintott and Kate Land, reflect on the story of one of the most innovative astronomy projects out there

Fusion Symposium looks to ITER and beyond

Fusion researchers from around the world will gather in Germany next week to chart the way forward to commercial fusion reactors. Hamish Johnston surveys what will be on offer in Rostock

Tritium–deuterium plasma puts the heat on ITER's first wall

The UK firm MG Sanders is developing tungsten tile modules that will soon be installed in the Joint European Torus, where the components will be evaluated for use in the ITER fusion reactor. Ian Warrington explains the challenges of developing a complex technology that can withstand the intense heat of nuclear fusion.

Industrial procurement in fusion

Dan Mistry outlines how industry can compete for valuable fusion contracts

Tessella gets to work on ITER's computer systems

Tessella is providing software services to the next-generation ITER fusion reactor being built in France. The UK-based firm’s fusion project manager, Richard Layne, explains how the company is building on its extensive experience supporting fusion research at the Joint European Torus


Surprise return

High-temperature superconductors are centre stage once again

Quantum of culture

Terminology from quantum theory shows up frequently in popular culture - from art and films to sculpture and poetry. Robert P Crease asks for your favourite examples


A tale of eternal energy

Edwin Cartlidge on Philip Ball's first science novel

Blog life: Leaves on the Line

Andrew Jaffe: an American in London