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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

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

Vital forces

A rare popular-science book on biophysics, reviewed by Richard Jones

The physics of sport – readers' pictures

A selection of images from the Physics World photo challenge

Walking on water

Stephen Ornes reports on how pond skaters move across water

Shocking hearts gently

Eberhard Bodenschatz describes a less-invasive approach to heart defibrillation

The physics of cancer

Cécile Sykes talks to Physics World about the roles physics can play in cancer studies

Oscar Pistorius is helping to redefine 'disability'

James Dacey explores the controversial scientific debate about whether Oscar Pistorius's running blades give him an unfair advantage

Web life

Engineering Sport: a blog about sport for the scientifically curious

Material advantage?

In a great sporting performance, how much of that is down to the athlete and how much to the technology they are using? Steve Haake investigates

In the wake of Fukushima

Steven Judge and Hiroyuki Kuwahara report on efforts to monitor radioactive contamination in areas near Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station

Neutrons for the future at the Institut Laue-Langevin

Andrew Harrison talks about how the Grenoble lab hopes to maintain its world-class position

Licence to stun

David Wilkinson describes how physicists helped test the safety and effectiveness of less-lethal weapons

Coming soon to a field near you

Richard Taylor investigates the biophysics and mathematics of crop-circle art

Between the lines

Books on the physics of animals, humans and cars, reviewed by Margaret Harris