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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: August 2011

X-rays control disorder in superconductor

Superconductor circuits could be carved out using an X-ray beam

Climate scientist cleared of research misconduct

National Science Foundation exonerates Michael Mann of wrongdoing

Zigzag nanowire regulates Brownian motion

Magnetic trap could help scientists perform microfluidic experiments

Milky Way stars born from intergalactic gas

Researchers may have located the source of new stars in our galaxy

Peering into the past of near-Earth asteroids

Stony asteroids are the birthplace of Earth-bound meteorites, study finds

Probing the cosmic-ray–climate link

CERN experiment finds cosmic rays can enhance aerosol production

Did Einstein discover E = mc2?

Researchers revisit this controversial issue

Hunt for the Higgs enters endgame

Delegates at the Lepton Photon 2011 conference in Mumbai debate the latest results from CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Yale defends procedures after student death

US health and safety watchdog accuses university of safety violations

Early-warning system for sunspots

Findings could reveal new details about magnetism within the solar interior

Cubic neutrons might find it hip to be square

Sufficiently heavy neutron stars could exert so much pressure that their otherwise spherical neutrons turn into tiny cubes

Rashba gets hotter and more pronounced

Improved spin-splitting effect could boost spintronics

China–US neutrino facility opens

The Daya Bay experiment will search for electron antineutrino disappearance

Information paradox simplified

Information escapes black holes without space–time, say physicists

Electron bunches keep their shape

Cold-electron source could be used for diffraction imaging

Hi-tech tattoos monitor brain waves

Ultrathin electronics could help those with spinal-cord damage

Quantum computing with microwaves

Breakthoughs could lead to fully integrated circuits

Bacterial nanowires conduct like metals

Micro-organisms could be used to make electronic devices

LEDs illuminate room with data

Data system could double as lighting

3D cloak is first to work in free space

"Plasmonic" shell cancels scattered microwaves

NASA launches mission to Jupiter

Juno will study planet's origin and composition

New microscope peers deep into tissue

Technique could boost research into atherosclerosis

Introducing the 'antimagnet'

New cloak could make magnets vanish

Flowing water may exist on Mars

Streaks of brine could harbour life

Trojan collision may have shaped the Moon

Farside/nearside difference explained by simulation

Photons tune in and shape up

How to change the colour and shape of single photons

Extraterrestrial life could be extremely rare

Calculations dampen hopes for finding life on other planets

Stealing quantum keys the easy way

New technique makes "uncrackable" codes easy to decipher