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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


Tales from a British physicist in Japan

Elizabeth Tasker details the good, the bad and the confusing of working as a physicist in Japan

Looking – into the future

With age comes failing eyesight, but Helen Gleeson hopes her team’s research into liquid-crystal contact lenses that can switch focus may provide a solution

Building a firm foundation in vacuum technology

Sponsored article: One company's evolution from a small component manufacturer to a major supplier of precision vacuum equipment highlights the importance of expert knowledge for winning customer trust

The long road to Mars

Stephen Ornes explores the technological and physiological challenges facing scientists as they endeavour to get humans to the red planet by the 2030s

Sounding out swarms

Swarms of midges exhibit many of the unusual characteristics of collective behaviour. Jennifer Ouellette meets one physicist who studies them with sound


Collecting books

A collection of physics books is being sold to the American Institute of Physics for $5m, as Robert P Crease finds out

The business of physics

In this new series of columns, James McKenzie explores the value and relevance of physicists to industry

The dark side

Can you use databases to study the history of physics? Robert P Crease finds out

Frankenstein on stage

So you think you could stage a physics play yourself? Robert P Crease meets a man who’s done just that

Opening up the physics closet

Michael Falk calls on physicists to create a better environment for minorities


Of graphs and giggles

With their topical jokes, flaming antics and solid science, Just for Graphs is sure to delight nerds, non-nerds and everyone in-between, says Tushna Commissariat

Boldly going to a galaxy far, far away

Treknology and The Physics of Star Wars offer a fascinating and entertaining ride through the science and fiction of these two complimentary franchises, writes Andrew Glester

Let's start at the very beginning

Origins is an illuminating account of the science behind the creation of the universe, and much more, writes Sabine Hossenfelder

The man behind the machine

The Turing Guide comprehensively covers the work and life of Alan Turing, and is a testament to his lasting legacy, says Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf

The grand tour

The Farthest: 12 Billion Miles and Counting, with its powerful imagery, glossy VFX scenes and balanced commentary on the Voyager mission is a must see, writes Tushna Commissariat