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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

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

Beware delay

Alan Robock is unhappy with the weight given to the view of climate 'sceptics'

Knowledge from a vast effort

Rasmus Benestad looks at the link between computer models, politics and global warming

Between the lines

Climate special – the rest of the best of this month's books

Urban cool

Summer in the city can be stifling, but appropriate surfaces and vegetation can cool us off, says Roland Ennos

Damage limitation

Treating tumours with hadrons rather than X-rays has many benefits for patients, as John Gordon explains

Fusion's bright new dawn

The world's largest laser could transform the search for abundant, carbon-free electricity, as Mike Dunne explains