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The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen

Our favourite pictures of 2014

From interstellar dust and galactic dirt to cracking oysters and educational doodles

Comet landing named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year

Rosetta mission tops our list of the 10 key breakthroughs in physics

Asteroids, not comets, gave Earth most of its water

Rosetta scientists find surprisingly high levels of deuterium in comet

In depth

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

A lucky, but lonely, planet

Is life on other planets common? Or are we alone in the universe? Duncan Forgan evaluates a book that argues that Earth is the exception, not the rule

Between the lines

A collection of essays about "surprising science" and a primer on quantum entanglement, cryptography and nonlocality, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month