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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

The return of supersolids

Stephen Ornes reports on how two groups may have finally observed supersolids

Deducing how dinosaurs moved

Matthew R Francis describes how physicists are modelling the movements of these ancient beasts

Cuckoo forgeries – a bird's-eye view

Liz Kalaugher describes how researchers are visualizing how birds see to work out why they don’t reject cuckoo eggs

Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity

Penguin physics

Peter Barham describes how he has combined his passion for penguins with his expertise in physics

Opinion

Joel’s conference

Robert P Crease meets the US statistical physicist famed for his unique scientific meetings

This time it's different

Robert P Crease claims the traditional model of scientific authority is defunct

Franken-physics

Robert P Crease looks at the impact on science of Frankenstein

Brewing coffee

Robert P Crease finds there’s more to espresso machines than meets the eye

Unknown unknowns

Robert P Crease says people who raise “unknown unknowns” to promote a particular course of action are doing a disservice to science

Reviews

A tour de force of the cosmos

The line between scientific idealism and scientific realism is blurry, as all scientific endeavours are affected by human bias, says Lionel London

Web life: ParticleBites

By particle physicists, for all those interested in high-energy particle physics; covering the most recent experimental and theoretical research in the field

The many faces of Marconi

Italian innovator Guglielmo Marconi’s complicated personality shaped his personal life as well as the lives of many others, thanks to his embryonic “wireless telegraphy”, writes Elizabeth Bruton

Between the lines

Books about meteorology in under a minute and the latest on astrophotography, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

Between the lines

Books about the search for extraterrestrial life and the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat