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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: Atomic, molecular & optical physics

Between the lines

A collection of essays about "surprising science" and a primer on quantum entanglement, cryptography and nonlocality, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Nanoscience debate rages on

Jon Cartwright looks at the debate surrounding "stripy nanoparticles"

Edible lasers and death rays

Jeff Hecht reviews an "old-fashioned cabinet of wonders" from the field of optics and photonics

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The power of YouTube

Philip Moriarty describes his experiences in front of the camera as one of the stars of the Sixty Symbols series of YouTube videos

The lure of G

Jon Cartwright finds out why physicists are still scratching their heads over the value of the gravitational constant, "big G"

The spot in the shadow

Robert P Crease shows just how hard it can be to assign credit for a scientific discovery

Shedding new light on old art

Martin Fischer shows the benefits for the art world of the laser-based technique of pump–probe microscopy

Between the lines

Books about the Fresnel lens and an unsung heroine of rocket science, reviewed by Margaret Harris

What is time?

Adam Frank explains why the nature of time is such an enduring – and important – problem

Explaining the second quantum revolution

Jonathan Jones finds much to appreciate in this experimentally-minded guide to quantum information theory

Redefining temperature

Michael de Podesta reveals how he has measured temperature more accurately than ever before

The secret of life

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

ESP and LSD on the CIA's dime

Andrew Whitaker reviews David Kaiser's How the Hippies Saved Physics

Physics for students, not poets

Brian Clegg reviews Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill's Quantum Physics for Poets