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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

Opinion

The cat that never dies

Robert P Crease explains the enduring fascination with Schrödinger's cat

Geoengineering: the pitfalls and politics

US geoscientist Ken Caldeira explains why he has reservations about tinkering with the climate

When the Earth's magnetic field flips

French geophysicist Vincent Courtillot discusses why the Earth's magnetic field occasionally flips

Lessons from Fukushima

Mike Weightman says improving nuclear safety should never stop

Fruitloopery

Robert P Crease bemoans the misuse of technical terms in science

Presidential pledges

Robert P Crease proposes pledges to help voters to evaluate US presidential candidates

Let there be a year of light

Luisa Cifarelli calls for 2015 to be the International Year of Light

The brave new-media world

Chad Orzel says physicists have to get used to doing science in the open

Mikhail who?

Robert P Crease marks the tercentenary of Russia's scientific father

How big is your footprint?

Phil Marshall says the onus is on physicists to reduce their own carbon footprint

Evaluations evaluated

Robert P Crease reports on your suggestions for evaluating PhD candidates

Neutrons for the future at the Institut Laue-Langevin

Andrew Harrison talks about how the Grenoble lab hopes to maintain its world-class position

Ultracold neutrons probe the particle-physics frontier

Peter Geltenbort and Oliver Zimmer describe the exotic neutron physics done at ILL

The end of astronomy's golden age?

Garth Illingworth warns that cancelling the James Webb Space Telescope will harm US astronomy

Leading by example

Robert P Crease pays tribute to President Bush's late science adviser John Marburger