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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


Oscar Pistorius is helping to redefine 'disability'

James Dacey explores the controversial scientific debate about whether Oscar Pistorius's running blades give him an unfair advantage

The long road to the Higgs boson

Michael Riordan looks back at how the Higgs boson was predicted and the first quarter century of experimental searches for it

100 years of cosmic rays

A century on from the discovery of cosmic rays, Alan Watson examines the remaining mysteries

Material advantage?

In a great sporting performance, how much of that is down to the athlete and how much to the technology they are using? Steve Haake investigates

The quantum game of life

Can our universe be modelled as a giant computer? Pablo Arrighi and Jonathan Grattage describe recent advances in the "digital physics" project

In the wake of Fukushima

Steven Judge and Hiroyuki Kuwahara report on efforts to monitor radioactive contamination in areas near Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station

Venus: it's now or never

As next month's transit of Venus nears, Jay M Pasachoff examines the science and history of these exceptionally rare events

The perfect storm

Richard Corfield investigates the science behind the sinking of the Titanic

How to forecast an earthquake

Edwin Cartlidge investigates the latest in earthquake forecasting

Finding jobs in hard times

How can you best stand out in today's graduate job market?

Fermilab's next frontier

Margaret Harris learns about Fermilab's plans for the post-Tevatron era

Ad astra! To the stars!

Sidney Perkowitz explores how we might achieve interstellar travel

Quiz of the year 2011

Think you know what happened in the world of physics this year? Try our quiz

Cocktail physics

Naveen N Sinha and David A Weitz reveal the science behind this tasty topic

Firm takes middle ground to fusion

Fusion demonstrator could cost fraction of a standard reactor, as Hamish Johnston reports