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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

News: January 2006

Light and atoms get entangled

Physicists have remotely entangled two atomic qubits for the first time

Ceramics come out of the cold

Tough composite ceramics can be built by mimicking the way seawater freezes

Volcanoes reveal a new side

Scientists discover a new type of lava channel on Mount Etna that was probably created by friction, not heat.

How physics can improve your football

Scientists have worked out how to maximise the length of a soccer throw-in

Cruise control avoids jams

Cars that automatically keep a fixed distance from the car in front could dramatically cut congestion

Comet samples return to Earth

NASA's successful Stardust mission should shed new light on the mysteries of comets

Matter bound by light

Scientists have made "optical matter" arrays

Crystals light up

Physicists have found a new source of coherent light

Pulsar breaks speed record

US astronomers find the fastest spinning neutron star

Live cells jetted with electric fields

Biophysicists develop technique to create jets of living cells

New look for nanodetection

Physicists develop technique to detect individual nano-sized particles in real time

A medium-sized black hole?

Astrophysicists may have found a middleweight black hole

Cosmic magnetism revealed

Density fluctuations in the early universe could be the origin of the large magnetic fields in today's galaxies

Closing in on Charon

Pluto's moon might not have an atmosphere