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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

Curing the Curie complex

French physicist Hélène Langevin-Joliot – the granddaughter of Marie Curie – talks to Tushna Commissariat about the "Curie complex" and gives her own tips for scientific success

The green flash

Pete Lawrence describes his quest since childhood to see this elusive phenomenon

The restless rocks of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in California's Racetrack Playa are on the move, but how? Brian Jackson describes how he and his colleagues solved a decades-old mystery

The spin of a proton

Where does the spin of a proton come from? An answer to this deceptively simple question may finally be within reach, as Edwin Cartlidge reports

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences

Opinion

Lab lit revealed

Robert P Crease talks to the founder of a website devoted to literature about laboratories

Black elephants

Robert P Crease tackles scientific rituals that we recognize but don't talk about

15 years and counting

Robert P Crease reflects on a decade and a half of the Physics World Critical Point column

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Fostering talent

Abraham Loeb on how to nurture promising students before they have made their discoveries

Reviews

Between the lines

Books about single-crystal growth and some of history's most important science texts, reviewed by Peter Dryburgh and Margaret Harris

Web life: Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics

The venerable "journal club" concept is thriving in the online environment

Room at the bottom

A biography of Silicon Valley's "quiet revolutionary", Gordon Moore, gets Paul Michael Grant thinking about the future of Moore's eponymous law

A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris