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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

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

Starting from scratch

Mehdi Yazdanpanah describes how he turned $500 and one great idea from his PhD research into a successful small business

Walking on water

Stephen Ornes reports on how pond skaters move across water

Cornering the Higgs boson

Michael Riordan continues his tale of the hunt for the Higgs boson

The academic pyramid

Margaret Harris investigates the scarcity of permanent academic posts for PhD-trained physicists

My life on Mars

Ashley Dale recounts his experiences during a two-week stint at the Mars Desert Research Station, a facility in the Utah desert