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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

Features

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

Revealing the network within

Jon Cartwright describes the emerging field of "network physiology", which uses physics to understand how organs communicate

Loops and arcs in the radio sky

Michael Peel, Matias Vidal, Clive Dickinson and Paddy Leahy explain the latest map from the Planck Collaboration

Six secrets of champagne

Gérard Liger-Belair reveals the hidden science of the world’s top sparkling wine

Fifty shades of black

Jon Cartwright reports on the rival groups creating the darkest substances yet

The Master's route

A Master's degree in physics can open many doors, but is it the right step for your career? Alaina G Levine explores the options

Unchartered underground

Stephen Ornes shines a light on the small band of "speleophysicists" who combine their love of physics with a passion for caves

The secret life of scientific ideas

How do great ideas in physics come about? Vitor Cardoso shares insights from his web-based project The Birth of an Idea

Catching gravity, rolling by

David Appell explores how the Advanced LIGO facility is designed to detect gravitational waves