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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

In depth

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

Features

A billion pixels, a billion stars

Gerry Gilmore and Floor van Leeuwen explain how the precise data from the Gaia mission will revolutionize our view of the galaxy

Every breath we take

Research from a cinema in Germany shows how the breath of a crowd can reflect how they’re feeling, as Stephen Ornes reports

A light-connected world

Harald Haas explains how ordinary LED light bulbs could become our portals to the digital world thanks to a new wireless communications network that uses visible light

Pathway to Planet Nine

Konstantin Batygin explains what led him and astronomer Mike Brown to propose the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system

Brave new Jupiter

With NASA’s Juno spacecraft arriving at Jupiter this July, Stephen Ornes reports on what scientists have in store for this distant probe

Opinion

Gender balance, one woman at a time

Can a female teacher help convince girls to study advanced physics? Physics teacher Debbie Hayton had a novel way of finding out

Fighting science denial

Robert P Crease on how to fight “science denial” in light of the upcoming US election

In praise of Descartes

Robert P Crease tackles Steven Weinberg’s criticisms of René Descartes

See like a solar system

Robert P Crease discusses what the science of the solar system teaches us about perception

Guarding integrity

Robert P Crease meets Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the US National Academy of Sciences

Reviews

Web life: Azimuth

The official blog of the Azimuth project, which promotes interdisciplinary work on climate change and environmental science

Adventures in search of auroras

This fascinating account of the Northern Lights taught reviewer (and space plasma physicist) Colin Forsyth a thing or two about aurora science

Between the lines

Books on the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens, the physics of golf and pioneering women in science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The risks and rewards of radiation

Timothy Jorgensen’s book greatly contributes to removing the mystery and misunderstanding that surrounds radiation, writes reviewer Jun Deng

Nuclear power’s ups and downs

A timely book on the history of the UK nuclear power industry, reviewed by Geoff Vaughan