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Redefining temperature

Michael de Podesta reveals how he has measured temperature more accurately than ever before

The reality of open access

Michael Banks looks at how governments are implementing open-access policies

Exposing cancer's deep evolutionary roots

Cancer is like Windows defaulting to "safe mode", says physicist Paul Davies on his new theory of cancer

An appetite for adventure

Janet Guthrie quit her job as a physicist to pursue her passion for motor racing. She speaks to Margaret Harris about her career

Mopping up carbon

David Appell examines new technologies that can suck carbon dioxide directly from the air

Learning to adapt

Physicist-turned-inventor Joshua Miele speaks to Margaret Harris about his career and his experiences as a blind physics student

The life of psi

Jon Cartwright explores whether wavefunctions are physically real

The knotted strands of life

Davide Marenduzzo and colleagues explore the physics of DNA knots

Medal-winning presentations

Sharon Ann Holgate examines how lessons from sports psychology can help scientists give better talks and presentations

In praise of weakness

Aephraim Steinberg and colleagues describe how "weak measurements" are transforming our knowledge of the quantum world

The secret of life

David Jenkins and Oliver Kirsebom explore the mysterious nuclear energy level of carbon-12 that made life possible

A fusion of minds

Richard Corfield examines the mystery of the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell's visit to the Soviet Union in 1963

The revolution will be typeset

Duncan Steele explains how one of the most widely used tools in physics – LaTeX – is adapting to the era of tablet computers

Cool dust and baby stars

Steve Eales revels in the new view of the universe provided by the Herschel Space Observatory

Voyager – a mission for life

Mark Williamson asks what keeps scientists motivated in the 35-year-old Voyager mission