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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


A gateway to the biological world

Optical physicist Gail McConnell discusses how novel biomedical imaging techniques are changing the kinds of questions biologists can ask

Just beyond our fingertips

An optical glucose sensor would be a boon for millions of people with diabetes. So why hasn’t someone built one yet? Kate Bechtel discusses the factors standing in the way

The power of the blackboard

Philip Ball on why we physicists still love our blackboards

Smooth sailing

Superhydrophobic surfaces with the right microscopic structures could help reduce friction on ships, as CJ Kim explains

The cutting edge of quantum physics

Daniel Twitchen and Matthew Markham explain how diamonds could become a quantum physicist’s best friend


Of minds and marches

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

Entry denied

When Galileo was stopped at the US border, as Robert P Crease imagines it

The sound of trust

Would you put your $500,000 violin in a synchrotron? Robert P Crease meets a musician who did

How green is nuclear energy?

Policy and technology expert Gail H Marcus assesses the industry’s environmental credentials

Interstate discomfort

Robert P Crease explains why trying to patent software is such a hard thing to do


Web life: Hogg's Research

A blog about the latest research and developments in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology

Between the lines

Books about food and physical stimuli, quantum mechanics and physics diagrams, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Tushna Commissariat and Sarah Tesh

How to stop the science saboteurs

With the rise of “fake news and alternative facts”, Dave Levitan’s Not A Scientist is vital if troubling reading, says Tara Shears

Clash of the particle people

Tommaso Dorigo’s book tells personal tales of the CDF Collaboration, but these are buried under technical detail, says Gavin Hesketh

Search for the 'perfect' theory

Mathematical physicist and blogger Peter Woit reviews Frank Close’s book that looks into the past, present and future of developing a “theory of everything”