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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: May 2017

Camera combines graphene and quantum dots

Device can detect light from infrared to ultraviolet

Flash Physics: Photons could interact in tiny silicon voids, plasma drives high-gain laser amplifier

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Old galaxies make lots of stars, xmons solve linear equations, work begins on giant telescope

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Jupiter's swirling poles, ordered droplets, no fifth force, topological magnetoelectric effect

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Solid becomes liquid-like when irradiated

New insight could inform how nuclear waste is stored

Flash Physics: Flytrap robot catches prey, doughnut-shaped 'planets', EU dishes out £55m for UK physics

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Diamond sensors boost NMR resolution

Megahertz frequencies measured with sub-millihertz precision

Ultracold atoms shed light on the Fermi-Hubbard model

Magnetic state seen for the first time

Female academics do more admin than their male colleagues

Women's research suffers because of admin requests

Flash Physics: Silver boosts optical computers, debris ring orbits young star, Ernest Moniz joins fusion firm

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Nanofibre measures forces from swimming bacteria

Beating heart cells detected by tiny probe

Particle-free quantum communication is achieved in the lab

Common-sense defying protocol used to send image

Flash Physics: Sandra Faber wins Gruber prize, transforming magnetic monopoles, vacuum scattering revealed

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Seeing exoplanets near multiple stars, flat immersion lenses, Caltech astrophysicist protest

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

SESAME synchrotron opens for users

Middle East facility overcomes political and funding challenges

Sensors track eyes using electric fields

New technique keeps up with fast-moving pupils

Flash Physics: Earth glints into space, quantum drum amplifies microwaves, mapping comet's charged particles

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

TRAPPIST-1's seven exoplanets make music together

Orbits can remain harmonious for 50 million years, says supercomputer simulation

Flash Physics: Vibrots simulate granular gas, cosmic bridge is magnetic, Hydrogen bonds measured directly

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Space radiation brought down to Earth

Laser-plasma accelerator used to simulate space radiation

Flash Physics: Droplets map out tension, sensitive robot skin, Cockcroft Institute spins out beam monitor

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Single atoms feel tidal force

Experiment probes gravity on the quantum scale

Flash Physics: Quantum control of molecular ions, biophysicist to lead biology society, stretchy holograms

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

The easy way to make emulsions

New process could be applied to drug delivery

Flash Physics: Antiprotons from dark matter, lab visits do not inspire, CERN's new linac, Australia at ESO

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Diamonds emit randomly polarized photons, LHCb reveals flawed model, SETI names first fellows

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: A fridge for quantum computers, mimicking nature's colours, NASA launches quick-fire RAISE

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Triatomic molecules cooled with lasers

Strontium-monohydroxide molecules chilled to 750 μK using Sisyphus technique

Flash Physics: Matter-wave tractor beams, WiFi routers make holograms, nuclear-industry's Brexit plans

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Quantum biometric targets the retina

Security proposal exploits our ability to see just a few photons

Flash Physics: Gigantic X-ray 'tsunami', first light at European XFEL, crucial UK–Europe science collaboration

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Optical chip gives microscopes nanoscale resolution

Low-cost device could boost the use of super-resolution microscopy

Flash Physics: Cavity-cooling multiple atoms, space dust makes radio waves, UK creates funding super-body

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Flash Physics: Making Martian bricks, open-and-shut earthquakes, US science unscathed in budget proposal

Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Atom interferometry heats up with warm-vapour device

New technique could be used in compact atomic sensors