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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: Nuclear & particle physics

The risks and rewards of radiation

Timothy Jorgensen’s book greatly contributes to removing the mystery and misunderstanding that surrounds radiation, writes reviewer Jun Deng

Nuclear power’s ups and downs

A timely book on the history of the UK nuclear power industry, reviewed by Geoff Vaughan

Brave new Jupiter

With NASA’s Juno spacecraft arriving at Jupiter this July, Stephen Ornes reports on what scientists have in store for this distant probe

China’s tunnel vision

A new book makes a compelling case for building the next big particle collider in China, but Richard de Grijs can’t help wondering who its real audience is

Tetraquarks, pentaquarks and other giants of particle physics

MIT's Mike Williams explains how four or more quarks could join together to form exotic particles or even subatomic molecules

Where people and particles collide

What's it like to be in a gender or sexual minority at CERN, one of the most multicultural labs on the planet? Louise Mayor reports

‘Big science’ begins

A book on how Ernest Lawrence and his cyclotrons pioneered a new way of doing science, reviewed by David Wark

Web life: Nuclear Hitchhiker

A student-run blog about nuclear energy, safety and policy

Between the lines

A book that fills in the gaps in your astronomy education and an illuminating biography of Max Planck, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Burned from the inside out

Susan Southard’s book about survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, reviewed by Brian Drummond

The great high-energy write-off

A forensically detailed analysis of what went wrong with the Superconducting Super Collider impresses reviewer Andrew Robinson

Between the lines

A smorgasbord of popular-science books for your end-of-year delectation, reviewed by Margaret Harris, Hamish Johnston and Tushna Commissariat

Between the lines

Theorist Mary Gaillard’s memoir of life at CERN in the 1960s sparkles with insights, while an overview of the hunt for the rarest metals on Earth fails to deliver the goods

Between the lines

Insights on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, sci-fi from Indian astrophysicist Jayant V Narlikar and an overview of the cosmic microwave background

A physicist's sense of beauty

Frank Wilzcek's ability to see things differently is a "true and compelling reason" to read his latest book, according to Philip Ball