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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

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Electricity unplugged

In the near future, wireless electricity could replace the ubiquitous power cable. Aristeidis Karalis looks at a revolutionary new way of transmitting power without wires


The nuclear threat: a new start

As US President Barack Obama takes office, his leadership will be needed to reduce the dangers of the world’s nuclear weapons and to stop nuclear materials from falling into rogue hands, argues Sidney Drell

Journeys to greatness

To practising physicists, the great equations of physics might seem obvious, logical and trivial. But to their discoverers, Robert P Crease argues, that was far from true


Not wrapped up yet

Is the universe multiply connected? wonders Andrew Jaffe

Web life: The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience

Explore the physics of fusion through interactive games on a simulated tokamak