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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

Cassini’s grand finale

With the Cassini craft due to plunge into Saturn on 15 September, Joshua Colwell explains the scientific secrets it has revealed over the last 20 years

Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

From hype to hyperloop

Vacuum-based transport systems could clear the way for faster, cheaper travel – or so proponents claim. Jon Cartwright takes a closer look

When goofing off is good

Particle physicist Daniel Whiteson describes his collaboration with the artistic brains behind PHD Comics

A shared journey of discovery

Benjamin Skuse investigates the sibling-scientists relationship to see if having a brother or sister who is also a researcher can help or hinder your career

Opinion

Making space

Robert P Crease reveals that space is not always as we know it

Serving the public

Congressman Bill Foster calls on more physicists to get involved at all levels of government and politics

Oh, America!

Robert P Crease identifies the main threat to the US's approach to scientific planning

Building bridges with the West

Fuchun Zhang on the challenges of attracting researchers to China

Whose cave is it?

Robert P Crease is unhappy about what some physicists think about Plato

Reviews

Book of Sol

The Sun is more of a reference book with pretty pictures than a general science book, writes by Tushna Commissariat

Big data, big responsibilities

Big Data, which looks at the good, the bad and the new power relationships created by the “information revolution” is a quick but fascinating read, says Tushna Commissariat

At the boundary of knowledge

We Have No Idea is a “frequently hilarious and deeply charming” exploration into the unknown, writes Aatish Bhatia

When fact and feeling collide

Mosquitoes is “a superbly acted and complex play” that includes “dazzling physics lectures”, says Arthur I Miller, but in some ways, the science is peripheral to the plot

Tales of India’s rocketeers

ISRO: a Personal History details the successes of the Indian space programme, from the point of view of one of its earliest visionaries, describes Vasudevan Mukunth