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Editor's choice

Dec 11, 2014

Our Special Report, which you can read free online, reviews how India is building on its Mars success story

In depth: Instrumentation & measurement

Social physics and antisocial science

An accessible overview of Sandy Pentland's work on the physics of social networks, reviewed by Martin Zaltz Austwick

Listening to the world

Acoustical physicist Philippe Blondel sings the praises of Sonic Wonderland, a book dedicated to the science of sound

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

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

Roll over, Boltzmann

Jon Cartwright examines whether a new form of entropy can revolutionize our understanding of disorder

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

The lure of G

Jon Cartwright finds out why physicists are still scratching their heads over the value of the gravitational constant, "big G"

Technology whose time has come

Joshua Pearce describes how open-source appropriate technology is bringing simple and life-changing devices to people all over the world

Shedding new light on old art

Martin Fischer shows the benefits for the art world of the laser-based technique of pump–probe microscopy

Can we exploit the weirdness of quantum mechanics?

John Preskill says that harnessing quantum entanglement is key to making quantum computers

Redefining temperature

Michael de Podesta reveals how he has measured temperature more accurately than ever before

Learning to adapt

Physicist-turned-inventor Joshua Miele speaks to Margaret Harris about his career and his experiences as a blind physics student

In praise of weakness

Aephraim Steinberg and colleagues describe how "weak measurements" are transforming our knowledge of the quantum world

Cool dust and baby stars

Steve Eales revels in the new view of the universe provided by the Herschel Space Observatory

Von Neumann's computer

A book on the early history of practical computers, reviewed by Martin Campbell-Kelly