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

Features

Theories of the dark side

Jeff Forshaw reviews "state of play" for various theories about the nature of dark matter and dark energy

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Roll over, Boltzmann

Jon Cartwright examines whether a new form of entropy can revolutionize our understanding of disorder

The drop heard round the world

Shane D Bergin, Stefan Hutzler and Denis Weaire describe how a funnel full of pitch became a media sensation

The power of silence

Felicity Mellor explains why today's physicists need time and space to think

Opinion

Mathematical bridges

Robert P Crease looks at a mathematics conference that could teach physicists a thing or two

Nanoethical concerns

Using nanotechnology to teach ethics has its pros and cons, finds Robert P Crease

Why don't they listen?

Robert P Crease reckons he knows why science has lost its authority among politicians

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

Feynman's failings

Why, asks Robert P Crease, do people still love Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics 50 years after they were first published?

Reviews

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Between the lines

Books about Shakespearian science and how to rebuild a scientific civilization after an apocalypse, plus a new take on "Powers of Ten", reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Good scientists and honest people

A biography of one of the Manhattan Project's less-heralded physicists, reviewed by Andrew Robinson

Web life: Excursion Set

New Zealand-based theoretical cosmologist Richard Easther discusses big science stories and takes aim at bad science reporting in this personal blog

From the past, a fiery warning

A book about the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki and the lessons it holds for us today, reviewed by Hazel Rymer