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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

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

lightsources.org

A Nobel for communism

Alexei Kojevnikov reviews Lenin's Laureate by Paul R Josephson

Seeking advice

Looking for a job? Margaret Harris sees what help is at hand for physics graduates finding their way in the job market

Web life

Athene Donald's Blog

Vacuum Expo 2010 launches in the UK

Two-day event includes conference and trade exhibition

From ray-gun to Blu-ray

Fifty years after their invention, Sidney Perkowitz examines the huge impact of lasers on science, culture and everyday life

Between the lines

The other Oppenheimer, cooking for astronauts and the "amazing" Grace Hopper

Measuring (almost) zero

Chad Orzel explains why a non-zero value for the electron's electric dipole moment could be the harbinger of "new physics"

Between the lines

A round-up of the best books to put on your Christmas shopping list – or for someone else to buy for you

Vitaly Ginzburg: a life in physics

Vitaly Ginzburg – one of the most prominent Russian theoretical physicists of the 20th century – talks exclusively about his achievements in physics, his distrust of the church's growing role in Russian society and how the hydrogen bomb saved his life.

The lure of synchrotrons

Robert P Crease asks how sound are the arguments that the next generation of synchrotron sources are an essential tool for meeting the energy challenge?