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Mar 10, 2014

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In depth: Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

To the world's end, in 15 questions

A book full of questions about cosmology, reviewed by Virginia Trimble

Between the lines

An insider’s guide to the Curiosity rover, a history of fusion and a guide to difficult mathematical problems, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Exploring the initial conditions

A book that links evolution and cosmic events, reviewed by Richard Corfield

Between the lines

Brian Cox's venture into the life sciences and a travel guide to the Northern Lights reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

Web life

NASA's Trajectory Browser site lets you plan your own mission to a planet or asteroid

Sounding out the Sun

Introducing a new work of art called a solar wind chime

Life among the MERtians

What's it like to work on Mars? Stephen J Pyne reviews an anthropologist's account of the team behind the Mars Exploration Rovers

Thinking big about the future

Kirstin Matthews and Padraig Moloney argue for more basic science spending

Another side of black holes

A book about the links between black holes, galaxy formation and the distribution of matter in the universe, reviewed by Kulvinder Singh Chadha

Between the lines

Books about back-of-the-envelope calculations, cosmology and water waves, reviewed by Matin Durrani and Tushna Commissariat

The secret of life

David Jenkins and Oliver Kirsebom explore the mysterious nuclear energy level of carbon-12 that made life possible

A fusion of minds

Richard Corfield examines the mystery of the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell's visit to the Soviet Union in 1963

Cool dust and baby stars

Steve Eales revels in the new view of the universe provided by the Herschel Space Observatory

The why and how of it all

Two books about why the universe bothers to exist, reviewed by Tim Maudlin

Voyager – a mission for life

Mark Williamson asks what keeps scientists motivated in the 35-year-old Voyager mission