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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

A little help from the crowd

Jon Cartwright looks at how physicists are using crowdfunding to back research as well as commercial projects

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

Hunting gravitational waves using pulsars

Louise Mayor reports on the search for these ripples in space–time

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general

Fantasy physics for nuclear testers

Edwin Cartlidge previews the ultimate role-playing game when physicists will scour Jordan for signs of a fictitious nuclear test

The power and pitfalls of science advice

Edwin Cartlidge looks ahead to an international meeting of science advisers

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Theories of the dark side

Jeff Forshaw reviews "state of play" for various theories about the nature of dark matter and dark energy

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Roll over, Boltzmann

Jon Cartwright examines whether a new form of entropy can revolutionize our understanding of disorder

The drop heard round the world

Shane D Bergin, Stefan Hutzler and Denis Weaire describe how a funnel full of pitch became a media sensation

The power of silence

Felicity Mellor explains why today's physicists need time and space to think

The MOOC point

James Dacey discovers how massive open online courses are changing the education landscape