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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

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

Too hot to handle

A book about the complex history of nuclear waste in the US, reviewed by Robert Hayes

It's that particle again

Sean Carroll's account of the Higgs search and its implications, reviewed by Patrick Fox

Between the lines

Books on sexy statistics and elegant particles, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Web life

Matt Strassler's newsy blog on particle physics, the Higgs boson and more

The secret of life

David Jenkins and Oliver Kirsebom explore the mysterious nuclear energy level of carbon-12 that made life possible

Web life

AstroBetter is a website dedicated to helping astrophysicists do lots of stuff, better