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Editor's choice

Jan 19, 2014

A special free-to-read digital edition containing 10 of our very best feature articles on the science and applications of light

In depth: Biological & medical physics

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences

Fight over light

Robert P Crease examines why Goethe so savagely attacked Newton's views on optics

Bringing the quantum to life

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden's primer on quantum biology hits the mark with Marta Varela

Unveiling your secret superpower

There's more to light than first meets the eye, says David Shane

Web life: Crystallography365

Blogging the International Year of Crystallography, one crystal structure at a time

A taste for anelloni

See why a new form of pasta invented by Davide Michieletto and Matthew S Turner can teach us about polymers

Physics on babies' bottoms

Mattias Schmidt talks about his work as a physicist at Procter & Gamble

Electricity, eels and evolution

The role of electric eels and other electrogenic animals in guiding early studies of electricity is revealed in this fascinating book, reviewed by Brian Rasnow

Roll over, Boltzmann

Jon Cartwright examines whether a new form of entropy can revolutionize our understanding of disorder

All alone in the universe?

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

Shedding new light on old art

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

Web life: Empirical Zeal

A blog about physics and evolutionary biology that packs a quantitative punch

Is life on Earth unique?

Ray Jayawardhana explores the possibility of life on other worlds

Exploring the initial conditions

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

Exposing cancer's deep evolutionary roots

Cancer is like Windows defaulting to "safe mode", says physicist Paul Davies on his new theory of cancer