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Editor's choice

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

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

Features

The long road to ignition

Margaret Harris reports on progress towards fusion’s “break-even” point at the US National Ignition Facility

The secrets of the blue fog

Oliver Henrich and Davide Marenduzzo reveal how blue liquid crystals could lead to new display devices

Leadership lessons learnt in the lab

Headteacher Mark Whalley says he learnt how to become a good leader thanks to his research days

Why we should give credit to code creators

Arfon Smith argues that we need to adopt better ways of recognizing contributors to software development in physics

A quantum boost for machine learning

Maria Schuld describes how researchers plan to enhance machine learning using quantum computation

Opinion

How green is nuclear energy?

Policy and technology expert Gail H Marcus assesses the industry’s environmental credentials

The sound of trust

Would you put your $500,000 violin in a synchrotron? Robert P Crease meets a musician who did

Interstate discomfort

Robert P Crease explains why trying to patent software is such a hard thing to do

Joel’s conference

Robert P Crease meets the US statistical physicist famed for his unique scientific meetings

This time it's different

Robert P Crease claims the traditional model of scientific authority is defunct

Reviews

Space, time and spooky action

Author and journalist Andrew Robinson reviews the latest book on Albert Einstein and his difficult relationship with quantum mechanics

Web life: Quantum Frontiers

Written by researchers at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, this blog deals with the latest advances in quantum systems and technologies

Between the lines

Books about gravity, Cavendish lab and dark technologies, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Kate Gardner and Tushna Commissariat

Then and back again?

The formation and evolution of the concept of “time travel” blur the lines between fact and fiction, says Brian Clegg

On the shoulders of hidden giants

NASA engineer K Renee Horton raves about Hidden Figures, the film and the book, that tells the story of the African-American women who helped the US win the space race