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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: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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Books about food and physical stimuli, quantum mechanics and physics diagrams, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Tushna Commissariat and Sarah Tesh

Web life: Hogg's Research

A blog about the latest research and developments in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology

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Books about Caroline Herschel and Mars, reviewed by Kate Gardner and Tushna Commissariat

Simulating the universe

Tom Giblin, James Mertens and Glenn Starkman on how Einstein’s equations have been used in a cosmological setting for the first time

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Books about asteroids, or the “vermin of the sky” and the science of the atmosphere, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

The universe through a glass darkly

Dava Sobel's latest book, on the revolutionary work done by female astronomers at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, is a fascinating read, says Tushna Commissariat

Web life: Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

The latest offering from the Zooniverse family, Backyard Worlds asks citizen scientists to hunt for rogue planets in NASA data

Space, time and spooky action

Author and journalist Andrew Robinson reviews the latest book on Albert Einstein and his difficult relationship with quantum mechanics

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Books about gravity, Cavendish lab and dark technologies, reviewed by Matin Durrani, Kate Gardner and Tushna Commissariat

Then and back again?

The formation and evolution of the concept of “time travel” blur the lines between fact and fiction, says Brian Clegg

On the shoulders of hidden giants

NASA engineer K Renee Horton raves about Hidden Figures, the film and the book, that tells the story of the African-American women who helped the US win the space race

A tour de force of the cosmos

The line between scientific idealism and scientific realism is blurry, as all scientific endeavours are affected by human bias, says Lionel London

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Books about meteorology in under a minute and the latest on astrophotography, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

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Books about the search for extraterrestrial life and the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat

Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity