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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

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

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

To infinity, beyond and back again

Space-travel film Interstellar awes our reviewer Tushna Commissariat with an epic plot and breath-taking effects, but what about the science?

Literature of the lab

Robert P Crease wants your picks for the best fiction books set in physics labs