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Dec 11, 2014

Our Special Report, which you can read free online, reviews how India is building on its Mars success story

Reviews

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Web life: Science Salsa

A blog about communicating science in English and Spanish

A classy look through mathematics

Alex Bellos's engaging book investigates how mathematical laws and properties manifest themselves in the real world, says reviewer Dean Burnett

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

Scientific booms and busts

An investigation of scientific skills shortages, past and present, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines: mathematics special

Books that celebrate mathematics, from ancient Egypt to modern times, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow

Web life: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Get up close and personal with the Moon thanks to this extensive online archive of lunar image data

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Between the lines

Books about Shakespearian science and how to rebuild a scientific civilization after an apocalypse, plus a new take on "Powers of Ten", reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Good scientists and honest people

A biography of one of the Manhattan Project's less-heralded physicists, reviewed by Andrew Robinson

Web life: Excursion Set

New Zealand-based theoretical cosmologist Richard Easther discusses big science stories and takes aim at bad science reporting in this personal blog

From the past, a fiery warning

A book about the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki and the lessons it holds for us today, reviewed by Hazel Rymer