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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

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

Web life

Dig into your own earth-science data with the Earth Exploration Toolbook

Geoengineering: the pitfalls and politics

US geoscientist Ken Caldeira explains why he has reservations about tinkering with the climate

When the Earth's magnetic field flips

French geophysicist Vincent Courtillot discusses why the Earth's magnetic field occasionally flips

How to forecast an earthquake

Edwin Cartlidge investigates the latest in earthquake forecasting

Parting the clouds

Arnold Wolfendale reviews Earth: the Operator’s Manual by Richard Alley

One toise at a time

Terry Quinn reviews Measure of the Earth: the Enlightenment Expedition that Reshaped the World by Larrie D Ferreiro

How big is your footprint?

Phil Marshall says the onus is on physicists to reduce their own carbon footprint

Between the lines

Books on the physics of animals, humans and cars, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Between the lines

A trio of books about doomsday and disaster

Seeking advice

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