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Editor's choice

Mar 10, 2014

Download your free copy of our special issue "New ways to teach and learn physics", which is packed with the latest techniques, tips and trends in physics education

In depth: Culture, history & society

Listening to the world

Acoustical physicist Philippe Blondel sings the praises of Sonic Wonderland, a book dedicated to the science of sound

Web life: The Fictional Aether

A combative and cynical blog that gleefully skewers high-minded attitudes about how science works

3000 years of questions

An argument for reconnecting science with its philosophic, artistic and theological roots, reviewed by John Singleton

A little help from the crowd

Jon Cartwright looks at how physicists are using crowdfunding to back research as well as commercial projects

Bell's theorem still tolls

Robert P Crease marks 50 years of the famous proof of entanglement in quantum physics

Stalin's scientists

A multifaceted portrait of scientific life in the Soviet Union, reviewed by Asif Siddiqi

Web life: Particle Clicker

Build your own simulated particle-physics experiment, one mouse click at a time

Unearthing Newton's papers

The fate of Isaac Newton's manuscripts after his death provides an interesting footnote to the great scientist's life, according to Matin Durrani

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Celebrating the mind

Robert P Crease marks the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Web life: Science Salsa

A blog about communicating science in English and Spanish

The right questions

Robert P Crease links philosophy with optical creatures called brittlestars

Leadership required

As CERN celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, Sharon Ann Holgate finds out what's expected of the lab's next director-general