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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: Geophysics & environmental physics

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

Life among the MERtians

What's it like to work on Mars? Stephen J Pyne reviews an anthropologist's account of the team behind the Mars Exploration Rovers

Beyond the executive summary

Richard Muller's Energy for Future Presidents, reviewed by Gail Marcus

Web life

Ask Nature: a whole website devoted to biomimicry and its many applications

Keeping the lights on after 2100

Paul Michael Grant reviews Robert Laughlin's Powering the Future

When Creativity met Necessity

Roger Bridgman reviews Mad Like Tesla and How James Watt Invented the Copier

Return to Macondo

Alastair Fraser reviews Joel Achenbach's A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: the Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher