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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

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

One step from Earth

Richard Corfield reports on plans to mine the Moon

Nature's unknown unknowns

Seismologist Seth Stein is pleasantly surprised to find an introductory book on geophysical hazards that doesn't oversimplify this complex topic

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

Fantasy physics for nuclear testers

Edwin Cartlidge previews the ultimate role-playing game when physicists will scour Jordan for signs of a fictitious nuclear test

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

From the past, a fiery warning

A book about the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki and the lessons it holds for us today, reviewed by Hazel Rymer

Letting the sunshine in

A book about “sustainable” strategies for providing food and energy to a future population of nine billion, reviewed by Alison Walker

The seven chemical wonders

Matin Durrani ponders a former BP chairman’s choices of “seven elements that have changed the world”

More ice, less politics

A book about climate science in the polar regions, reviewed by Liz Kalaugher

Web life

A blog that takes an "astrophysicist's-eye view" of energy issues

Mopping up carbon

David Appell examines new technologies that can suck carbon dioxide directly from the air