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

Features

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general

Fantasy physics for nuclear testers

Edwin Cartlidge previews the ultimate role-playing game when physicists will scour Jordan for signs of a fictitious nuclear test

The power and pitfalls of science advice

Edwin Cartlidge looks ahead to an international meeting of science advisers

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Opinion

The right questions

Robert P Crease links philosophy with optical creatures called brittlestars

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

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

Reviews

A classy look through mathematics

Alex Bellos's engaging book investigates how mathematical laws and properties manifest themselves in the real world, says reviewer Dean Burnett

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

Scientific booms and busts

An investigation of scientific skills shortages, past and present, reviewed by Margaret Harris