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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: Culture, history & society

Your career questions answered

Margaret Harris explores the findings of a recent survey that asked physics students to share their career concerns and aspirations

Meet the kaleidoholics

Robert P Crease stumbles into the incredible world of a "philosophical toy" that’s 200 years old

A multiverse play divides opinion

Constellations has fun with the "many worlds" idea, but Robert P Crease isn't wholly convinced

Between the lines

Tasneem Zehra Husain's imaginative physics-history novel Only the Longest Threads and Peter Adey's ramble through Air: Nature and Culture, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Lighting up the world

Jon Cartwright explores how to bring light to the 1.5 billion people without electric lighting

Web life: International Year of Light 2015 Blog

Celebrating light, all year long

Unveiling your secret superpower

There's more to light than first meets the eye, says David Shane

Ringing changes on vital information

How do you capture the information revolution in a museum exhibit? Andrew Robinson reviews a book with plenty to say about this challenge

Web life: Grandma Got STEM

A blog that defies expectations about who "gets" science and technology

Craft, science, early industry

James Watt and the interplay between "thinking" and "doing" in the Industrial Revolution makes for a "meaty" subject, writes Basil Mahon

Quantum-inspired art

Robert P Crease drops in on an exhibition exploring how quantum physics inspires graphic artists

One step from Earth

Richard Corfield reports on plans to mine the Moon

A man, a plan, a bomb

The life of J Robert Oppenheimer makes for stunning drama in this Royal Shakespeare Company production, writes Margaret Harris

Shutdowns and start-ups

Robert P Crease on the meaning of ceremonies we hold for labs that are closing down

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