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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: Instrumentation & measurement

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

Vacuum Expo hosts a range of technical meetings

Symposia on thin films and vacuum science set for Coventry

Magnet challenges for ITER

ITER uses complex magnets to control a 150 million Kelvin plasma, as Daniel Clery explains