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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: October 2017

Quantum control of chemical reactions achieved with electrons

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Textured artificial skin shifts shape like an octopus

Material can be pre-programmed to imitate stones, plants and other natural objects

Proton–antiproton equivalence confirmed by best-ever measurement of magnetic moment

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Physicists create first 'topological' laser

New laser can have cavity of any possible shape

Sonic barrier quietens traffic noise with origami

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

ETH Zürich opens investigation into misconduct allegations

"Inappropriate personnel structure" results in closure of astronomy institute

Silicon waveguide shows zero refractive index

Potential applications include computing and communications

Has liquid metallic hydrogen on Jupiter been recreated in the lab?

Controversial claim by Harvard University researchers disputed by other scientists

Photonic nanostructures bring bees to flowers

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Atomic cloud is squashed and strained by light

Collective force could be used to fine-tune interatomic interactions

Concerns raised over NIST security breaches

US Government Accountability Office calls for increased measures

Atoms and Josephson junctions simulate 1D quantum liquid

Quantum simulators confirm Tomonaga–Luttinger theory

What happened to the GW170817 neutron stars after the merger?

Short-lived hypermassive neutron star could have been formed

Spectacular collision of two neutron stars observed for first time

LIGO–Virgo collaboration and dozens of telescopes see gravitational waves and gamma rays from stupendous event, triggering new era in "multi-messenger astronomy"

Ultracold molecules with electric and magnetic moments stick around

Long-lived molecules could shed light on the hyperfine interaction

Mpemba effect could occur in granular fluids

Odd phenomenon that hot water freezes faster than cold appears to be mirrored in granular media

Experiments shed new light on how life-giving carbon is forged in stars

Physicists monitor decay of carbon-12's Hoyle state

Do topological waves occur in the oceans?

Kelvin and Yanai waves share similarities with topological insulators

US nuclear-physics facility completes $338m upgrade

Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility now runs at 12 GeV

Light polarization modulated rapidly by gold nanorods

Effect could be used to make better pharmaceuticals

X-ray laser takes 3D images of lopsided viruses

Ultra-bright pulses goes beyond conventional crystallography

Physicists bag chemistry Nobel for cryo-electron microscopy

Technique revolutionized how biological molecules are imaged

Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne win 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics

Trio win for their work on gravitational waves

Black-hole growth accelerated by supersonic gas

Did early supermassive objects get a boost from the early universe?

Go-ahead for protest-hit telescope in Hawaii

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics