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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: Statistical, mathematical & computational physics

Just beyond our fingertips

An optical glucose sensor would be a boon for millions of people with diabetes. So why hasn’t someone built one yet? Kate Bechtel discusses the factors standing in the way

The one scale that rules them all

Geoffrey West's suggestion – that all complex organisms obey a few simple scaling laws – is rigorous and convincing, says author and science writer Jennifer Ouellette

Simulating the universe

Tom Giblin, James Mertens and Glenn Starkman on how Einstein’s equations have been used in a cosmological setting for the first time

Space, time and spooky action

Author and journalist Andrew Robinson reviews the latest book on Albert Einstein and his difficult relationship with quantum mechanics

The secrets of the blue fog

Oliver Henrich and Davide Marenduzzo reveal how blue liquid crystals could lead to new display devices

Web life: Quantum Frontiers

Written by researchers at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, this blog deals with the latest advances in quantum systems and technologies

A quantum boost for machine learning

Maria Schuld describes how researchers plan to enhance machine learning using quantum computation

Joel’s conference

Robert P Crease meets the US statistical physicist famed for his unique scientific meetings

Saved by Bell

The life of quantum physicist John Stewart Bell and his revolutionary discovery is intimately discussed in Andrew Whitaker’s book, writes Nicholas Gisin

Decoding the quantum horizon

Patrick Hayden and Robert Myers describe how “qubits” may hold the key to quantum gravity

Web life: Ice Flows

Guide penguins to their Antarctic feeding grounds and learn about the behaviour of ice sheets in the Ice Flows game

Is the universe a sponge?

J Richard Gott’s book on the large-scale topology of the universe goes beyond a “Cosmology 101” pseudo-history, writes Martin Bucher

Between the lines

An analysis of science under Stalin and a memoir/stargazing guide with a difference, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

Books about the science of cities and artificial intelligence, plus a film about Russia’s nuclear “closed city”, reviewed by Margaret Harris and James Dacey

Web life: Azimuth

The official blog of the Azimuth project, which promotes interdisciplinary work on climate change and environmental science