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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

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

Making CERN's best even better

Matthew Chalmers looks at what is in store for CERN in the next 10 years

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Explore the Red Planet with NASA's Be A Martian

Pushing the boundaries

Matin Durrani reports on the rise of China's Institute of High Energy Physics

Licence to stun

David Wilkinson describes how physicists helped test the safety and effectiveness of less-lethal weapons

Vacuum chief looks to new horizons

J J Pireaux explains how IUVSTA is reaching out to developing nations

The inside track on simulation software

The future's bright for simulation, say David Kan and Daniel Smith of COMSOL

Testing equipment for space

Giles Case looks at some of the techniques used to ensure a high likelihood of mission success

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"Citizen science" meets the Kuiper belt in IceHunters

Reuse, recycle and thrive: used-equipment businesses keep growing

Hamish Johnston discovers why the used vacuum equipment market keeps growing