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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: Nuclear & particle physics

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

We are bound by symmetry

The Universe in the Rearview Mirror is an "engaging tour of much that constitutes modern physics" with symmetry at its heart, says Matthew R Francis

Plutopia forever

Alexei Kojevnikov reviews a book about the toxic legacy and complex history of the American and Soviet plutonium programmes

Alices in a nuclear Wonderland

Historian Kate Brown reviews the fascinating but incomplete story of women who worked at the Oak Ridge uranium-processing plant during the Second World War

Between the lines: film special

Gravity thrills, Particle Fever intrigues and Hawking proves surprisingly insightful – physics film reviews by Margaret Harris and Andrew Williams

Making sense of Oppenheimer

Ray Monk’s landmark biography of “father of the atomic bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, reviewed by Robert P Crease

Politics or physics?

Gerard DeGroot reviews Churchill’s Bomb, Graham Farmelo’s new book on Winston Churchill and the atomic bomb project

Can we unify quantum mechanics and gravity?

Sabine Hossenfelder has little doubt that we will be able to

What is the nature of the dark universe?

Catherine Heymans takes a look at what we can’t see

Web life: 94 Elements

A documentary film project about the chemical elements and how people interact with them