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Dec 11, 2014

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

Features

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

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

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

Opinion

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

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

Reviews

A cabinet of invisible curiosities

Philip Ball's book on the science – and superstition – of invisibility through the ages, reviewed by Ulf Leonhardt

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Elegant constructions

A beautifully illustrated book of essays on geometry, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Artistic influences

Modern collaborations between artists and scientists come under Arthur I Miller's microscope in his book Colliding Worlds, reviewed by Dan Falk