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Editor's choice

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: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

Between the lines

An eloquent defence of string theory and a mathematical analysis of luck and chance, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Making space for nonlocality

George Musser’s new book reveals that nonlocality is more than just "spooky action at a distance", as James Millen learns

Web life: The Physics Mill

Can’t get enough gravitational waves? Check out Jonah Miller’s blog about numerical relativity for an in-depth look at their theoretical side

Surely you're not biased

Matin Durrani thinks he’s not biased. But in an eye-opening journey of self-discovery, he finds that the truth is very different

How black holes saved relativity

Marcia Bartusiak’s "exquisitely clear explanations" earn the plaudits of reviewer Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in this black-hole history

Between the lines

A book that fills in the gaps in your astronomy education and an illuminating biography of Max Planck, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Visualizing the cosmos

A book of space-related infographics is "a marvel and a delight", according to reviewer Margaret Harris

Loops and arcs in the radio sky

Michael Peel, Matias Vidal, Clive Dickinson and Paddy Leahy explain the latest map from the Planck Collaboration

The Soviet side of space

A major exhibition at the Science Museum in London brings together an impressive collection of Soviet technologies from the birth of the space age

Dripping with science

Alok Jha's tales of the enigmatic water molecule and all its many applications intrigue Helen Maynard-Casely

Web life: DSFP’s Spaceflight History

A look at spaceflight's lesser-known stories with science writer David S F Portree

A dark day for dinosaurs

Lisa Randall's "entertaining and radical" speculations about dark matter and the dinosaurs intrigue reviewer Pete Edwards, but he's not fully convinced

Fifty shades of black

Jon Cartwright reports on the rival groups creating the darkest substances yet

Web life: Astrobites

A blog where astronomy PhD students write bite-sized summaries of recent astronomy papers for undergraduates

Between the lines

Insights on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, sci-fi from Indian astrophysicist Jayant V Narlikar and an overview of the cosmic microwave background