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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

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

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