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US survey reveals high value of physicists to industry

"First systematic study" of PhD physicists in the private sector

Astroparticle physics funding in the UK is 'critically low', says Institute of Physics

Report says British researchers should expand leadership roles in international projects

Upgraded LIGO will begin hunt for gravitational waves soon

First data from Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory expected in September

Go-ahead for protest-hit Thirty Meter Telescope, but with fewer future sites on Mauna Kea

A quarter of existing facilities to be decommissioned before new telescope is operational

In depth

A quest for ultimate reality

An enlightening and deeply personal tour of some of the edgiest, most puzzling elements of modern cosmology, reviewed by Melanie Windridge

Between the lines

A subtle and fiendish collection of physics problems and a geophysical journey that revels in unusual connections, reviewed by Margaret Harris

The cradle of modern science

Steven Weinberg's latest book offers rich insights on the history of science, but reviewer Paul Montgomery finds its treatment of philosophy frustrating

Tinker, tailor, physicist, spy?

Was Bruno Pontecorvo a Soviet spy, or just a naive nuclear physicist caught up in a bigger drama? Simone Turchetti weighs up the evidence in Frank Close's new book