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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

Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

From hype to hyperloop

Vacuum-based transport systems could clear the way for faster, cheaper travel – or so proponents claim. Jon Cartwright takes a closer look

When goofing off is good

Particle physicist Daniel Whiteson describes his collaboration with the artistic brains behind PHD Comics

A shared journey of discovery

Benjamin Skuse investigates the sibling-scientists relationship to see if having a brother or sister who is also a researcher can help or hinder your career

Refugee scientists under the spotlight

Andy Extance reports on initiatives to help scientists who have fled their homeland

Opinion

Oh, America!

Robert P Crease identifies the main threat to the US's approach to scientific planning

Building bridges with the West

Fuchun Zhang on the challenges of attracting researchers to China

Whose cave is it?

Robert P Crease is unhappy about what some physicists think about Plato

Delivering on a quantum promise

Karl Svozil warns against overselling the long-term goals of quantum technology programmes

Of minds and marches

Despite an ambivalence for science marches, Robert P Crease reveals why he went on one

Reviews

Celestial companion

Totality: the Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024, written by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

To the ends of the Earth

Eclipse: Journey to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close, reviewed by Hamish Johnston

Building baby universes

A Big Bang in a Little Room delves into the scientific, moral and theological questions behind the quest to create new universes; says Peter Coles

Big Bang star

Spaceman by Mike Massimino, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

I think you'll find

Everything You Know About Science is Wrong by Matt Brown, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat