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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 2003

Entanglement bridges the Danube

Austrian physicists have set a new record for entangling photons

Nanotubes go their separate ways

German researchers have developed a way to separate metallic and semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes

Nanocrystals double up

Researchers have made a new type of ‘metamaterial’ from magnetic and semiconducting building blocks

Giant jets caught on camera

Physicists may have found the missing link in the Earth’s ‘global electric circuit’

Room-temperature single-electron devices made easier

Physicists have made a silicon single-electron transistor that works at 300 K

Super-cool thermometer relies on noise

Researchers have made a new type of thermometer to measure low temperatures

RHIC unveils new results

Brookhaven researchers claim to have come the closest yet to creating a quark-gluon plasma

Micromachines made easy

Scientists have demonstrated a new microfabrication technique by making a micro pinball table

Celebrating Einstein with dance

New work will mark the centenary of Einstein's brilliant year

Spinning star goes flat out

Astronomers have discovered the flattest star ever seen

Fuel cells: environmental friend or foe?

The hydrogen used in fuel cells could significantly damage the ozone layer

New look for space shuttle tiles

Engineers have designed much improved protective tiles for spacecraft

Closing in on neutron stars

Astronomers have measured the magnetic field of an isolated neutron star for the first time

Renaissance pottery comes under the microscope

Italian physicists have found similarities between 500-year-old ceramics and modern metal-glass composites

Cryptography breaks 100 km barrier

UK researchers describe a record-breaking ‘unhackable’ link.

Water reaches new depths

Swiss geophysicists have found evidence for water deep inside the Earth’s upper mantle

'Gecko tape' sticks with polymer fibres

Physicists have made adhesive tape that does not rely on glue

Hydrogen goes universal

The electronic properties of hydrogen are similar in many different materials

Insects stay cool with thermoelectricity

Israeli researchers have found the first natural heat pump in a living creature

Mars Express takes off

The European Space Agency’s mission has been successfully launched