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Laser pioneer Charles Townes dies aged 99

Physicist shared the 1964 Nobel prize for his work on the microwave laser

Climate-change denier given top Brazilian science job

Appointment of Aldo Rebelo gets mixed response from Brazil's scientific community

Women shun fields that are perceived to require 'innate ability'

New survey casts light on gender imbalance in physics

Lost Beagle 2 spacecraft found intact on Martian surface

New images from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spot lander

In depth

Nature's unknown unknowns

Seismologist Seth Stein is pleasantly surprised to find an introductory book on geophysical hazards that doesn't oversimplify this complex topic

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

Once a physicist: Mark Levinson

Physicist-turned-film-director Mark Levinson describes how making a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson took him back to his scientific roots

Between the lines

A biopic of Stephen Hawking and a daily calendar of mathematical reflections, reviewed by Tushna Commissariat and Margaret Harris