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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: June 2001

Nanotubes are the new superconductors

Carbon nanotubes add resistance-free current flow to their repertoire

Elastic lava blows its top

The viscoelastic properties of lava could explain the 'chugging' action of some volcanoes

Physicist mooted as new US science advisor

Bush nominates the current director of the Brookhaven National Lab

Liquid marbles roll out

Spheres of liquid that do not wet a surface could be used in micro-fluid devices

Nucleus sheds light on neutron stars

Neutrons in a lead nucleus shed light on the structure of neutron stars

Finding the formula for freak waves

Simulations of wave dynamics could help scientists predict tsunamis

Solar neutrinos change their tune

Early evidence that neutrinos can 'oscillate' could explain the shortfall in solar neutrinos

Exotic quasars may be commonplace

Astrophysical objects called blazars may be quasars viewed from a different angle

Single atoms on demand

A method of dispensing atoms one at a time could pave the way for quantum computers

Doctoring the spin on Venus

Chaos explains why Venus spins in the opposite direction to other planets in the solar system

Fibre optics detect drunk drivers

Alcohol vapour changes the properties of a special optical fibre

Buckyballs bounce back

Carbon-60 collisions yield surprising results

Ultraviolet light to squeeze in the data

Short-wavelength light will increase the capacity of devices like CDs and DVDs

New X-ray probe lights up the cosmos

A super-sensitive X-ray detector will give astronomers a new window into deep space

Nuclear theory gets analytical

A new theory to predict the properties of nuclei is boosted by real data