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The world of physics in 2015

Find out more about the key physics events of the coming year – and those we predict might happen

Our favourite pictures of 2014

From interstellar dust and galactic dirt to cracking oysters and educational doodles

Physics World's 2014 Book of the Year honours materials that matter

Mark Miodownik's love letter to materials science comes first in a strong shortlist

Multimedia highlights of 2014

From detecting landmines to the art of quantum kung fu

Comet landing named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year

Rosetta mission tops our list of the 10 key breakthroughs in physics

European Science Foundation survives elimination vote

Organization will be smaller and no longer fund pan-European research

Physicist nominated as US defence secretary

Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter for key defence role

Japan launches second asteroid mission

Hayabusa 2 to bring back samples from carbon-rich body

UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs

Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York universities chosen to co-ordinate new initiative to exploit quantum research

Review breathes life into Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste site

Election fall-out and NRC resignation could also tip the balance towards Nevada facility

LED firm rejects Nobel laureate's olive branch

Shuji Nakamura tried to rebuild ties with Nichia

L'Aquila verdict quashed

Six scientists have manslaughter charges successfully overturned

Fabiola Gianotti will take over as CERN boss

Particle physicist to become Geneva lab's first female director-general

UAE fires up space agency with Mars mission

Country plans to send spacecraft to "red planet" by 2021

Critics attack new 10-year US fusion plan

Report "lacks vision" and fails to address real problems, say researchers