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Editor's choice

Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

In depth: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Web life: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Get up close and personal with the Moon thanks to this extensive online archive of lunar image data

A century of general relativity

An intellectual history of Einstein's general theory of relativity, reviewed by Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

Between the lines

Books about Shakespearian science and how to rebuild a scientific civilization after an apocalypse, plus a new take on "Powers of Ten", reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris

Theories of the dark side

Jeff Forshaw reviews "state of play" for various theories about the nature of dark matter and dark energy

All alone in the universe?

Jack Lissauer reviews Lee Billings' Five Billion Years of Solitude, a collection of stories about exoplanet science

Web life: Mahalo.ne.Trash

Astronomer John Johnson shares his thoughts on science, culture and family life in this oddly titled personal blog

We are bound by symmetry

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror is an "engaging tour of much that constitutes modern physics" with symmetry at its heart, says Matthew R Francis

Web life: Astro EDU

An online database of astronomy-themed educational activities