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Editor's choice

Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

In depth: Condensed matter

Between the lines

Books about the physics of summer and winter sports, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

Books on bubble physics, quantum exiles and arty photos of particle accelerators, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Cocktail physics

Naveen N Sinha and David A Weitz reveal the science behind this tasty topic

Cooking up a storm

Peter Barham reviews Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young and Maxime Bilet

Uplifting thoughts

Ted Forgan reviews Rising Force: the Magic of Magnetic Levitation by James Livingston

Neutrons for the future at the Institut Laue-Langevin

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

Leading by example

Robert P Crease pays tribute to President Bush's late science adviser John Marburger

Between the lines

Books on scientific myth-making, soft matter and the history of the Royal Society, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Matin Durrani

Between the lines

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

Cloaking space–time

Martin McCall and Paul Kinsler introduce the "event cloak" – perfect for the ultimate bank heist

Resistance is futile

Continuing our superconductivity centenary celebrations, Ted Forgan looks at the challenges for high-temperature materials

Taming serendipity

Laura H Greene calls for a global collaboration in the search for new high-temperature superconductors

Down the path of least resistance

A century after its discovery, Paul Michael Grant explains why superconductivity still confounds and baffles us today

Web life

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A Nobel for communism

Alexei Kojevnikov reviews Lenin's Laureate by Paul R Josephson