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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


Vacuum chief looks to new horizons

J J Pireaux explains how IUVSTA is reaching out to developing nations

Philosophy rules

Robert P Crease explains why philosophy is so essential

The real impact of impact

Mark Blamire warns of the danger of forcing physicists to prove their work has "impact"

So long, Tevatron

Fermilab physicist Chris Quigg reflects on the decision to close the Tevatron

Closing in on dark matter

Audio interview with Fermilab's Dan Hooper about dark-matter theories and the prospects for discovery

To change the world

Robert P Crease finds insights into how to promote science from an unlikely source

Richard Feynman: far more than a practical joker

Lawrence Krauss is interviewed about his new Richard Feynman biography

Probing potential PhDs

Robert P Crease calls for your thoughts on how best to pick out PhD students

Many universes, many theories

String theorist Brian Greene talks to Margaret Harris about his latest book

The planet hunter

Alan Boss on the search for a second Earth

Once a physicist: Rob Cook

The vice-president of advanced technology at Pixar Animation Studios discusses his career

Knocking on the Higgs' door

Lisa Randall on the future of particle physics

Michio Kaku looks to the physics of the future

String theorist describes his laboratory of the mind

The physicist who tames lightning

Joseph Dwyer on why we still know very little about this spectacular phenomenon

Bird's eye view of Earth's magnetism

Erik Gauger explains how birds possess quantum compasses for navigation