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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Flash Physics: Dark matter is smooth, UK boosts industrial physics, Pakistan honours Abdus Salam

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Earthquake puzzle solved, scientists write to Trump, nuclear pasta delays neutrinos

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: LIGO resumes its search, sound moves magnetic domains, asteroid is tiny and bright

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Nuclear diamond battery, M G K Menon dies, four new elements named

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

In depth

Life as we do and don't know it

Looking at everything from extremophiles on Earth to galactic habitability zones, this book on astrobiology covers all the basics, says Dimitra Atri

Between the lines: Christmas special

An eclectic mix of popular-science books, from everyday physics to loop quantum gravity to collider cartoons, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Kate Gardner, Hamish Johnston, Margaret Harris and Louise Mayor

Is the universe a sponge?

J Richard Gott’s book on the large-scale topology of the universe goes beyond a “Cosmology 101” pseudo-history, writes Martin Bucher

Finding the right boundaries

Roger Penrose’s book on “fashion, faith and fantasy” in physics asks excellent questions, but reviewer Chanda Prescod-Weinstein finds some of the answers wanting