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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

In depth: August 2009


The Earth – for physicists

Scientists are beginning to understand the extent to which the evolution of our planet has been shaped by collisions, bombardments and catastrophes. John Baez tells the violent history of a pale-blue dot

Chamber simulates space on Earth

Stan Grisnik describes how NASA’s huge craft-testing facility can recreate the vacuum conditions of space.

RGA User Group offers broad appeal

Robin Hathaway explains how a user group provides a forum for sharing experiences and discovering new ways to exploit the powerful diagnostic features of residual gas analysers across a wide range of applications

Diamond coatings are branching out

Chris Walker looks at some of the uses of a novel amorphous diamond material

Voyager heads for interstellar space

Richard Corfield celebrates the 20 year anniversary since NASA's Voyager mission left the solar system and began the second leg of its epic journey — an exploration of interstellar space


Threats to ultra-high-field MRI

A new European directive designed to prevent workers from being exposed to high magnetic fields could potentially have a severe impact on research into magnetic resonance imaging, warns Denis Le Bihan

Religion explained

Robert P Crease uncovers the secret of the conflict between science and religion in responses to a Physics World survey


From prairie to energy frontier

Robert Roser examines the history of Fermilab

Web life: Planet SciCast

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