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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


Looking at the sky from under water

Antoine Kouchner and Véronique Van Elewyck explain why the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is the ideal place to look for neutrinos from space

On the receiving end

Alaina G Levine looks at how science philanthropy is impacting on US physics

20,000 pings under the sea

Jon Willis explores the landscape of giant smoking chimneys in the depths of the Pacific to find clues about life on ocean worlds

Behold the bubbly ocean

Helen Czerski faces stormy seas in the pursuit of bubbles, trying to decipher how these tiny pockets of gas in the ocean influence the planet

Land of milk and neutrons

Erik Brok and Søren Roi Midtgaard describe how neutron-based measurements are helping dairy firms understand the complex structure of milk

A natural neutron source

Lightning produces millions of neutrons per stroke – but how? Casper Rutjes and Ute Ebert explain how our understanding of thunderstorm physics has evolved and how neutron measurements could lead to fresh insights

Starting out strong

Choosing meaningful research topics at the start of a career is essential, say Philip G Judge, Isabel Lipartito and Roberto Casini, as they give their tips for the budding research scientist

Show us your metal

Harvard physicists Isaac Silvera and Ranga Dias claim they made metallic hydrogen, but other remain unconvinced. Jon Cartwright explores both sides of the argument

The physics of bread

Robert P Crease talks to Nathan Myhrvold – author of the new five-volume blockbuster Modernist Bread – about the science and history of our favourite foodstuff

Your pathway to industry

Crystal Bailey urges today’s physics graduates to sharpen their skills – and their CVs – for careers in industry; while also calling on academic staff to provide students with more support in this

‘Look happy dear, you’ve just made a discovery’

Sarah Tesh and Jess Wade describe Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s highs and lows, as revealed in her recent IOP President’s Medal lecture

Cassini’s grand finale

With the Cassini craft due to plunge into Saturn on 15 September, Joshua Colwell explains the scientific secrets it has revealed over the last 20 years

Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

From hype to hyperloop

Vacuum-based transport systems could clear the way for faster, cheaper travel – or so proponents claim. Jon Cartwright takes a closer look

When goofing off is good

Particle physicist Daniel Whiteson describes his collaboration with the artistic brains behind PHD Comics