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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

Pathway to Planet Nine

Konstantin Batygin explains what led him and astronomer Mike Brown to propose the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system

Brave new Jupiter

With NASA’s Juno spacecraft arriving at Jupiter this July, Stephen Ornes reports on what scientists have in store for this distant probe

Maths meets myths

Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron describe how they used techniques from statistical physics to provide new insights into the Sagas of Icelanders

Zombie physics

Stephen Ornes reports how two students modelled brain-eating monsters to spice up their class project

The rise of Rydberg physics

Rydberg atoms are perfect for quantum logic gates and can even be used to make molecules of light, reports Keith Cooper

Opinion

See like a solar system

Robert P Crease discusses what the science of the solar system teaches us about perception

Guarding integrity

Robert P Crease meets Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the US National Academy of Sciences

Meet the topaholic

Robert P Crease visits a physicist with an unusual passion

Tetraquarks, pentaquarks and other giants of particle physics

MIT's Mike Williams explains how four or more quarks could join together to form exotic particles or even subatomic molecules

Storytelling matters

Robert P Crease considers how scientists can learn from the Passover storytelling ritual Seder

Reviews

Fang Lizhi, physicist and dissident

A newly translated memoir has Richard McCray reflecting on the legacy of a renowned Chinese astrophysicist whose "addiction to trouble" saw him oscillate between lecturing and doing forced labour

Between the lines

A book on debunking scientific misinformation and a guide to scientific writing, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Another giant leap

The story of a group of women who worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the early days of rocketry draws both praise and criticism from Lisa Ruth Rand

Web life: Universe Awareness

The Universe Awareness project aims to bring the beauty and grandeur of the cosmos into the classroom for children aged four to 10

China’s tunnel vision

A new book makes a compelling case for building the next big particle collider in China, but Richard de Grijs can’t help wondering who its real audience is