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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


Taking the long view

Despite talk of skills shortages, most graduates in scientific disciplines take jobs outside science. Patrick White and Emma Smith reflect on why this is and what it means for the long-term career prospects of physics graduates

The descent of mass

Jon Cartwright talks to the physicists who are hoping to find a flaw in the equivalence principle

From weapons to white dwarfs

Edwin Cartlidge examines “academic access” programmes at military research centres

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

Maths meets myths

Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron describe how they used techniques from statistical physics to provide new insights into the Sagas of Icelanders

Zombie physics

Stephen Ornes reports how two students modelled brain-eating monsters to spice up their class project

The rise of Rydberg physics

Rydberg atoms are perfect for quantum logic gates and can even be used to make molecules of light, reports Keith Cooper

Diversity in the workplace

How can graduates find employers whose commitment to diversity goes beyond lip service? Alaina G Levine outlines a few strategies

A thousand tiny cuts

Margaret Harris reports on how small, subtle and sometimes unintentional slights can create an unwelcoming environment for under-represented groups in physics

Surely you're not biased

Matin Durrani thinks he’s not biased. But in an eye-opening journey of self-discovery, he finds that the truth is very different

Where people and particles collide

What's it like to be in a gender or sexual minority at CERN, one of the most multicultural labs on the planet? Louise Mayor reports