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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

Web life

Space insider Wayne Hale blogs with the aim of "starting a conversation about space exploration"

Transit watching

Robert P Crease unveils a key finding from this year's transit of Venus

100 years of cosmic rays

A century on from the discovery of cosmic rays, Alan Watson examines the remaining mysteries

Astrophotography – readers' pictures

A selection of images from the Physics World photo challenge

Between the lines

Books about transits of Venus, scientific tattoos and world-changing equations, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines: fiction special

A round-up of recent fiction books with a physics theme, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Matin Durrani

Web life

Universe Sandbox: an interactive space simulator that allows you to build your own solar system, fling asteroids at the Earth and send a teapot into orbit

Venus: it's now or never

As next month's transit of Venus nears, Jay M Pasachoff examines the science and history of these exceptionally rare events

Atmospheric tales

Robert P Crease asks why the discovery of Venus's atmosphere is still so controversial

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the case for space exploration

Grand visions for space "trigger a wave of innovation", says US astrophysicist

Web life

Peter Coles' blog In the Dark offers an astrophysicist's perspective on science policy, poetry and jazz

The time of our lives

Dan Falk reviews Adam Frank's About Time: From Sun Dials to Quantum Clocks, How the Cosmos Shapes Our Lives

Web life

Dig into your own earth-science data with the Earth Exploration Toolbook

When the Earth's magnetic field flips

French geophysicist Vincent Courtillot discusses why the Earth's magnetic field occasionally flips

Between the lines

Books on physics history, alien life and teaching relativity to your dog, reviewed by Margaret Harris