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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: Nuclear & particle physics

Tinker, tailor, physicist, spy?

Was Bruno Pontecorvo a Soviet spy, or just a naive nuclear physicist caught up in a bigger drama? Simone Turchetti weighs up the evidence in Frank Close's new book

The spin of a proton

Where does the spin of a proton come from? An answer to this deceptively simple question may finally be within reach, as Edwin Cartlidge reports

Latin America's scientific 'magic'

A book of essays on scientific successes and failures in Latin America, reviewed by Ronald Cintra Shellard

Subterranean science

Sean Paling and Stephen Sadler describe how deep underground labs are diversifying into areas such as astrobiology and earth sciences

Web life: Restricted Data: the Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Digging up the dirt on the early nuclear age

A man, a plan, a bomb

The life of J Robert Oppenheimer makes for stunning drama in this Royal Shakespeare Company production, writes Margaret Harris

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Once a physicist: Mark Levinson

Physicist-turned-film-director Mark Levinson describes how making a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson took him back to his scientific roots

A strong model, with flaws

John Moffat's survey of the history, achievements and flaws of the Standard Model of particle physics, reviewed by Sabine Hossenfelder

Web life: Particle Clicker

Build your own simulated particle-physics experiment, one mouse click at a time

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general

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

Patenting science

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

Hunting for neutrinos

Neutrino science gets a turn in the popular-physics limelight as Brian Clegg reviews an accessible new account of the field's history