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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

In depth

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

Features

A light-connected world

Harald Haas explains how ordinary LED light bulbs could become our portals to the digital world thanks to a new wireless communications network that uses visible light

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

Opinion

In praise of Descartes

Robert P Crease tackles Steven Weinberg’s criticisms of René Descartes

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

Reviews

Nuclear power’s ups and downs

A timely book on the history of the UK nuclear power industry, reviewed by Geoff Vaughan

Thinking big thoughts

Vlatko Vedral is wowed by cosmologist Sean Carroll’s paean to "poetic naturalism" and the ability of science to bring meaning to the world

Between the lines

A book of mathematical detective stories (yes, really) and a graphics-heavy guide to "science, but not as we know it", reviewed by Margaret Harris

A physical feast

Mystified by modernist cuisine? Margaret Harris reviews a book that takes culinary physics "out of the lab and into your kitchen"

Fang Lizhi, physicist and dissident

A newly translated memoir has Richard McCray reflecting on the legacy of a renowned Chinese astrophysicist