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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

Cuckoo forgeries – a bird's-eye view

Liz Kalaugher describes how researchers are visualizing how birds see to work out why they don’t reject cuckoo eggs

Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity

Penguin physics

Peter Barham describes how he has combined his passion for penguins with his expertise in physics

Hungry for solutions

Foods designed to make us feel full could help stem rising rates of obesity. Cait MacPhee explores the potential of these "functional foods"

The journey of a crisp

Louise Mayor discovers how physicists are optimizing the manufacture of this popular salty snack

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