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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

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

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