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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

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

Fermilab's next frontier

Margaret Harris learns about Fermilab's plans for the post-Tevatron era

Between the lines

A new biography of Stephen Hawking and a history of radioactivity, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Voyagers of discovery

John Zarnecki reviews Stephen Pyne’s Voyager: Seeking New Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery

Ad astra! To the stars!

Sidney Perkowitz explores how we might achieve interstellar travel

Between the lines: Christmas special

Books on time travel, calculus, science experiments for children and more, reviewed by Margaret Harris, Matin Durrani and Tushna Commissariat

Copernicus's revolutionary moment

André Goddu reviews A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel

Astronomical sense and nonsense

Margaret Harris reviews Hindsight and Popular Astronomy by Alan B Whiting

Between the lines

Books on fundamental constants and the "science of wonder", plus a comic-book guide to the universe, reviewed by Matin Durrani and Margaret Harris