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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


Refugee scientists under the spotlight

Andy Extance reports on initiatives to help scientists who have fled their homeland

Spying on volcanoes

Matthew Watson explains how drones are helping scientists to map and monitor active volcanoes – work that could save human lives

Fighting fire with fire

Stephen Ornes on the many open questions when it comes to the physics of wildfires

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


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

Delivering on a quantum promise

Karl Svozil warns against overselling the long-term goals of quantum technology programmes

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


Big Bang star

Spaceman by Mike Massimino, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

I think you'll find

Everything You Know About Science is Wrong by Matt Brown, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

Web life: Eclipse America

A blog from the American Astronomical Society about next month’s total solar eclipse in the US

Gedanken fictions

Thought X – a collection of short stories based on thought experiments in science and philosophy – is a fascinating experiment itself, writes Kate Gardner

Inferiority is complex

Inferior, which calls out the bad science used to endorse the cultural prejudice that women are biologically and psychologically second rate to men, is an engaging and harrowing read says Jess Wade