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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

One step from Earth

Richard Corfield reports on plans to mine the Moon

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Once a physicist: Mark Levinson

Physicist-turned-film-director Mark Levinson describes how making a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson took him back to his scientific roots

A taste for anelloni

See why a new form of pasta invented by Davide Michieletto and Matthew S Turner can teach us about polymers

A little help from the crowd

Jon Cartwright looks at how physicists are using crowdfunding to back research as well as commercial projects

Opinion

Quantum-inspired art

Robert P Crease drops in on an exhibition exploring how quantum physics inspires graphic artists

Shutdowns and start-ups

Robert P Crease on the meaning of ceremonies we hold for labs that are closing down

Literature of the lab

Robert P Crease wants your picks for the best fiction books set in physics labs

Bell's theorem still tolls

Robert P Crease marks 50 years of the famous proof of entanglement in quantum physics

Celebrating the mind

Robert P Crease marks the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner

Reviews

Ringing changes on vital information

How do you capture the information revolution in a museum exhibit? Andrew Robinson reviews a book with plenty to say about this challenge

Web life: Grandma Got STEM

A blog that defies expectations about who "gets" science and technology

Craft, science, early industry

James Watt and the interplay between "thinking" and "doing" in the Industrial Revolution makes for a "meaty" subject, writes Basil Mahon

A man, a plan, a bomb

The life of J Robert Oppenheimer makes for stunning drama in this Royal Shakespeare Company production, writes Margaret Harris

Nature's unknown unknowns

Seismologist Seth Stein is pleasantly surprised to find an introductory book on geophysical hazards that doesn't oversimplify this complex topic