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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: Plasma & fusion

The long road to ignition

Margaret Harris reports on progress towards fusion’s “break-even” point at the US National Ignition Facility

Adventures in search of auroras

This fascinating account of the Northern Lights taught reviewer (and space plasma physicist) Colin Forsyth a thing or two about aurora science

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth

Between the lines

An insider’s guide to the Curiosity rover, a history of fusion and a guide to difficult mathematical problems, reviewed by Margaret Harris

A fusion of minds

Richard Corfield examines the mystery of the astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell's visit to the Soviet Union in 1963

Web life

Celebrating the physics of all that flows

Keeping the lights on after 2100

Paul Michael Grant reviews Robert Laughlin's Powering the Future

Firm takes middle ground to fusion

Fusion demonstrator could cost fraction of a standard reactor, as Hamish Johnston reports

Magnet challenges for ITER

ITER uses complex magnets to control a 150 million Kelvin plasma, as Daniel Clery explains

The inside track on simulation software

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

The sounds of science

Wanda Diaz Merced describes how losing her sight led her to investigate ways of using sound to study space physics

Seeking advice

Looking for a job? Margaret Harris sees what help is at hand for physics graduates finding their way in the job market

Hot fusion

Steve Cowley outlines the next challenges in fusion power

Bright future for fusion careers

Roberto Kersevan reveals life and work as a vacuum scientist at the ITER fusion project

Fusion's bright new dawn

The world's largest laser could transform the search for abundant, carbon-free electricity, as Mike Dunne explains