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Features, opinions and reviews from the world’s top physicists and professional science writers

Features

The power and pitfalls of science advice

Edwin Cartlidge looks ahead to an international meeting of science advisers

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Theories of the dark side

Jeff Forshaw reviews "state of play" for various theories about the nature of dark matter and dark energy

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Opinion

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease

Why don't they listen?

Robert P Crease reckons he knows why science has lost its authority among politicians

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

Feynman's failings

Why, asks Robert P Crease, do people still love Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics 50 years after they were first published?

Reviews

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

Scientific booms and busts

An investigation of scientific skills shortages, past and present, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines: mathematics special

Books that celebrate mathematics, from ancient Egypt to modern times, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow