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News

Jailed Iranian physicist freed temporarily after cancer treatment

Omid Kokabee on medical parole after five years in prison

Buckyball pioneer Harold Kroto dies at 76

Nobel-prize-winning chemist created ball-shaped molecules to better understand interstellar clouds

Consortium sets out to build European laser plasma accelerator

EuPRAXIA aims to put compact electron accelerator on scientific facility road map

Computer gamers solve quantum problems

Citizen-science initiative harnesses the brainpower of more than 10,000 people

In depth

Cloudships in our future

This lively book about geoengineering delves deeply into the science and history of fighting climate change with technology, finds Ian Randall

Web life: dy/dan

Dan Meyer’s blog about mathematics education contains lessons for physics teachers, too

Riffing on the universe

Jazz musician and theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander brings a fresh perspective to links between science and music, writes Trevor Cox

Between the lines

A book about the benefits of failure in science, plus a thoughtful history of earthquakes, reviewed by Margaret Harris