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Editor's choice

Dec 11, 2014

Our Special Report, which you can read free online, reviews how India is building on its Mars success story

In depth: Biological & medical physics

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

Structural disputes

A biography of the mathematical biophysicist Dorothy Wrinch, reviewed by Athene Donald

The electrical human

A book on the various roles that electricity plays in the human body, reviewed by Richard Clayton

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

Consciousness from the ground up

Werner Loewenstein's Physics in Mind, reviewed by Seth Lloyd

The knotted strands of life

Davide Marenduzzo and colleagues explore the physics of DNA knots