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A theorist's bucket list

S James Gates Jr talks about the physics discoveries he would like to see happen in his lifetime

The sound man

Join acoustical physicist Trevor Cox on his "scientific odyssey of sound"

The wonderful world of ultrasound

From levitating tiny balls to safeguarding bridges, ultrasound has more applications than you might think

Sean Carroll's guide to making better science movies

Cosmologist Sean Carroll discusses his other life as a science adviser to Hollywood

The story of neutrinos

Astronomer Ray Jayawardhana explains what these "pathologically shy" particles could tell us about the universe

Keeping a telescopic eye on the Soviets

How Jodrell Bank Observatory became entangled in the Space Race

Building better atomic clocks

Two keepers of atomic time at the National Physical Laboratory look to the future

Plutonium’s toxic legacy

Exploring the hidden histories of the American and Soviet "atomic cities" with Kate Brown, author of Plutopia

Book of the Year 2013

Find out which book tops our list of the year's best popular-physics titles

Lee Smolin on the nature of time

Author and researcher Lee Smolin discusses the reality of time and its impact on the supposedly timeless laws of physics