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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: Geophysics & environmental physics

Guarding integrity

Robert P Crease meets Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the US National Academy of Sciences

Cloudships in our future

This lively book about geoengineering delves deeply into the science and history of fighting climate change with technology, finds Ian Randall

Between the lines

A book about the benefits of failure in science, plus a thoughtful history of earthquakes, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life: Nuclear Hitchhiker

A student-run blog about nuclear energy, safety and policy

Between the lines

A hopeful book about climate change and a mathematician's account of his Fields-Medal-winning work, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The pioneers of weather forecasting

Met Office atmospheric physicist Susan Ballard finds it "stimulating" to read about some of her earliest predecessors

Dripping with science

Alok Jha's tales of the enigmatic water molecule and all its many applications intrigue Helen Maynard-Casely

A dark day for dinosaurs

Lisa Randall's "entertaining and radical" speculations about dark matter and the dinosaurs intrigue reviewer Pete Edwards, but he's not fully convinced

Between the lines

Theorist Mary Gaillard’s memoir of life at CERN in the 1960s sparkles with insights, while an overview of the hunt for the rarest metals on Earth fails to deliver the goods

Unchartered underground

Stephen Ornes shines a light on the small band of "speleophysicists" who combine their love of physics with a passion for caves

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

Web life: EGU Network blogs

A collection of geology, geophysics and earth science blogs written by (mostly) European geoscientists

The restless rocks of Racetrack Playa

The rocks in California's Racetrack Playa are on the move, but how? Brian Jackson describes how he and his colleagues solved a decades-old mystery

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences