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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: Instrumentation & measurement

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

Exhibition will showcase the latest vacuum technologies

Nanotechnology and big science will feature at this year's Vacuum Expo in Coventry, UK

Web life

Engineering Sport: a blog about sport for the scientifically curious

Material advantage?

In a great sporting performance, how much of that is down to the athlete and how much to the technology they are using? Steve Haake investigates

In the wake of Fukushima

Steven Judge and Hiroyuki Kuwahara report on efforts to monitor radioactive contamination in areas near Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station

Measure for measure

Terry Quinn reviews Robert P Crease's World in the Balance: the Historic Quest for a Universal System of Measurement

One toise at a time

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