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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

Web life: Hyperphysics

Doing science in the open

Online networking tools are pervasive, but why have scientists been so slow to adopt many of them? Michael Nielsen explains how we can build a better culture of online collaboration

In search of the black swans

The publish-or-perish ethic too often favours a narrow and conservative approach to scientific innovation. Mark Buchanan asks whether we are pushing revolutionary ideas to the margins

Breaking new ground

The ability to predict earthquakes could save thousands of lives every year. But for most scientists, knowing in advance when and where such events will happen is little more than a pipe dream. Jon Cartwright tells the story of one physicist who believes that such warnings could soon be possible.

Reasons to be cheerful

The economy may be in a nosedive but there is plenty to look forward to in science this year

...And now for the next 20 years

Six leading physicists peek into the future

The global-village pioneers

Paul Ginsparg, who founded the arXiv e-print archive, recounts the early days of the Web and looks at how it has changed scientific communication

Two decades and counting...

Opening this special issue marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of Physics World, Matin Durrani says that the magazine still has a vital role to play in the electronic age

Lab architecture

Robert P Crease looks at good and bad examples of lab design: do you agree with his choices?

In praise of Lord Kelvin

David Saxon celebrates the great Victorian physicist

Dreaming of fusion

A one-to-one with Didier Gambier

Bright outlook for solar cells

Photovoltaics reach the next generation

Energy solutions

The importance of nuclear and clean coal

Clouding the issue of climate

Is climate change driven by cosmic rays?

A model approach to climate change

How physics underpins the climate