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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

Patenting science

Do patents hinder fundamental research? Robert P Crease wants your view

Edible lasers and death rays

Jeff Hecht reviews an "old-fashioned cabinet of wonders" from the field of optics and photonics

Between the lines

Books about Einstein's quantum side and reductionism, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Hunting for neutrinos

Neutrino science gets a turn in the popular-physics limelight as Brian Clegg reviews an accessible new account of the field's history

Web life: electrolights

A blog about the physics of everyday (and not-so-everyday) things

The power of silence

Felicity Mellor explains why today's physicists need time and space to think

Feynman's failings

Why, asks Robert P Crease, do people still love Richard Feynman's Lectures on Physics 50 years after they were first published?

Between the lines

Educational books about quantum mechanics, scientific writing and physics projects for children, reviewed by Margaret Harris

Plutopia forever

Alexei Kojevnikov reviews a book about the toxic legacy and complex history of the American and Soviet plutonium programmes

Web life: Astro EDU

An online database of astronomy-themed educational activities

The MOOC point

James Dacey discovers how massive open online courses are changing the education landscape

Navigating new cultures

A diverse group of physicists describe their experiences of working abroad to Sharon Ann Holgate

The power of YouTube

Philip Moriarty describes his experiences in front of the camera as one of the stars of the Sixty Symbols series of YouTube videos

From Euclid to Einstein

Practising scientists may welcome a new "guided translation" of Newton's Principia despite some significant flaws, says Patricia Fara

Web life: Voices of the Manhattan Project

An archive of audio and video interviews with people who participated in the atomic bomb project during the Second World War