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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: Condensed matter

Physics in the family

Autobiographies of the Nobel-prize-winning crystallographer William Lawrence Bragg, his wife and daughter reveal a family life full of science and love, writes Mark Spackman

Six secrets of champagne

Gérard Liger-Belair reveals the hidden science of the world’s top sparkling wine

Fifty shades of black

Jon Cartwright reports on the rival groups creating the darkest substances yet

Between the lines

Books about the science of keeping things cool and a security breach at one of America's premier nuclear-weapons facilities, plus a DVD featuring some very nerdy science comedy

An insidious and ubiquitous menace

A book about corrosion and the herculean efforts to combat it is "absorbing and interesting" but short on satisfying science, say reviewers Michael Hunt and Lidija Šiller

Between the lines

Books about single-crystal growth and some of history's most important science texts, reviewed by Peter Dryburgh and Margaret Harris

Web life: Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics

The venerable "journal club" concept is thriving in the online environment

Room at the bottom

A biography of Silicon Valley's "quiet revolutionary", Gordon Moore, gets Paul Michael Grant thinking about the future of Moore's eponymous law

Web life: Condensed Concepts

A blog about research in the messy-but-fascinating middle ground between condensed-matter physics, physical chemistry and molecular biology

Bringing the quantum to life

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

Filling the world with light

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura on winning the prize and what comes next

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

Between the lines

Books about amazing everyday materials, big-seers and the atomic age, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Physics on babies' bottoms

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