Highlights Physics World  October 2020

Revolutionary rocket: could this engine transform spaceflight?

What’s the fairest way to slice a watermelon?

Frontiers: Signature of life found in clouds of Venus

News: APS President Philip Bucksbaum ahead of the US election

News: CERN’s emissions equal to a large cruise liner

Forum: Why a martial-arts tournament inspired one online physics meeting

Forum: Will COVID-19 make scientific conferences more inclusive?

Critical Point: The scientific monument that’s being bulldozed

Transactions: Is hi-tech the answer to environmental problems?

Feedback: Astronomy’s pioneering women

Feature: Auxetic materials stretch the limits of materials physics

Feature: Optical microscopy: how small can it go?

Reviews: It’s the age of cosmic exploration

Reviews: Meet the intrepid interstellar adventurers

Careers: Why careers don’t always play out as you’d imagined

The latest physics jobs and courses

Lateral Thoughts: So what does physics have to say about ghosts?