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Dec 11, 2014

Our Special Report, which you can read free online, reviews how India is building on its Mars success story

In depth: Plasma & fusion

Of gluons, atoms and strings

An unusual alliance between physicists who study ultrahot plasmas and ultracold atoms is yielding intriguing results – and may even lead to an experimental test for string theory, as Barbara Jacak reveals

The power of robotics

Robotics competitions supply a vital missing link in science and engineering education, says Robert P Crease

Web life: Hyperphysics

Doing science in the open

Online networking tools are pervasive, but why have scientists been so slow to adopt many of them? Michael Nielsen explains how we can build a better culture of online collaboration

In search of the black swans

The publish-or-perish ethic too often favours a narrow and conservative approach to scientific innovation. Mark Buchanan asks whether we are pushing revolutionary ideas to the margins

Another giant leap for mankind

The Moon has been neglected by space scientists and astronomers alike since the Apollo days, but now we want to go back. Paul D Spudis explains what motivates the new vision of lunar exploration

Web life: The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience

Explore the physics of fusion through interactive games on a simulated tokamak

Fusion ambassador

From boss of the CERN particle-physics lab to head of the UK’s fusion programme, Chris Llewellyn Smith has held some of the top jobs in physics. He talks to Michael Banks about his new roles in the ITER fusion project and a plan to help science in the Middle East

Reasons to be cheerful

The economy may be in a nosedive but there is plenty to look forward to in science this year

...And now for the next 20 years

Six leading physicists peek into the future

The global-village pioneers

Paul Ginsparg, who founded the arXiv e-print archive, recounts the early days of the Web and looks at how it has changed scientific communication

Two decades and counting...

Opening this special issue marking the 20th anniversary of the launch of Physics World, Matin Durrani says that the magazine still has a vital role to play in the electronic age

Tessella gets to work on ITER's computer systems

Tessella is providing software services to the next-generation ITER fusion reactor being built in France. The UK-based firm’s fusion project manager, Richard Layne, explains how the company is building on its extensive experience supporting fusion research at the Joint European Torus

Industrial procurement in fusion

Dan Mistry outlines how industry can compete for valuable fusion contracts